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1966: Five Baltimore jazz greats cook up a torrid set with tape rolling. Now we need YOU to get this stunningly clear recording heard!
96 backers pledged $3,104 to help bring this project to life.

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Time travel back to 1966, when the Left Bank Jazz Society, an interracial club of people devoted to jazz, put on shows with greats McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and... this recording, Five of Baltimore's best: 1-9-66: 
WALTER NAMUTH, guitar; MICKEY FIELDS, tenor sax; PHIL HARRIS, bass; CLAUDE HUBBARD, piano; PURNELL RICE, drums


These Baltimore jazz giants played sizzling jazz with the soul that made the scene special. Vernon Walsh, one of the founders of Left Bank, taped all the shows, and they were safe-kept for decades on old-school reel-to-reel tapes. Only a few Left Bank shows have ever been published--so when this one was digitized and came through crystal-clear, Left Bank and Baltimore Jazz Alliance decided to put out the recording for all to hear.  

We need your support to put out a CD: to fund final mastering and reproduction of the album, and pay for song royalties for the cover tracks.  Guitarist Walter Namuth and sax player Mickey Fields are heard in their primes--players rarely recorded, but who mentored a generation of musicians.  

Help get the music out there by buying a copy, and sharing this page with your friends on Facebook, by e-mail, word of mouth, however you can!  Also, any information to help us get in touch with family members of Purnell Rice and Claude Hubbard would be appreciated.  The release isn't expected to be wildly profitable, but any earnings over the cost of the album will be distributed in equal parts to the families of the musicians.

Any photos of the musicians or this show would also be greatly appreciated. The photo at top of this page shows Mickey Fields, but not with the Walter Namuth quintet of January 1966.

Risks and challenges

Lawsuits are the enemy of any low-budget creative endeavor. Fortunately, this project is supported by the owner of the recording, the Left Bank Jazz Society, which is co-producing it, as well as the families of the deceased musicians. So, it looks like a good bet that it will be produced affordably and on time. Should catastrophe strike in the form of a sudden, unexpected lawsuit, that might derail things or slow down the timeline for the CD. It's a very low likelihood, though, with all the support we have so far.

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    The album is yours. 70 minutes long, including covers of Thelonius Monk and Miles Davis along with original jazz/blues jams worth the price of admission. Standard CD sleeve, shrink-wrapped just like you'd find at the record store. Guaranteed in mid-November, well before the holidays.

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    Party down! The killin' recording on CD as mentioned above, and you get a copy by late October, along with a free ticket to attend the CD release party at a Baltimore venue, where you can eat and drink with fellow jazz fans and meet the families of the musicians. Currently scheduled for Oct. 27 at the Caton Castle (Ravens' Bye Week).

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    Full two-set show, 105 minutes of music (downloadable in high quality), not just what fits on a single CD. PLUS deluxe digital liner notes adapted from the masters thesis of Baltimore jazz player/scholar Timothy Andrulonis with rich old-school pictures of the musicians in their prime. And you get a CD, and a ticket to the release party.

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    International special! If you donate at least $20, you can get the CD shipped to you overseas, plus the deluxe digital liner notes! The lossless full show download is our guarantee you will get the music, in case of any issues shipping. A $100 pledge is the international producer level and denotes a cosmopolitan jazz lover of note!

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    Be a Producer! It takes a village to put out a nearly half-century-old recording, and a $100 donation means you are a BIG part of making this project a reality. Your name and title (Producer) goes on the physical album and liner notes, and you can include a short statement if you like about Baltimore jazz. PLUS, you get everything else--the CD, high-quality lossless downloads, deluxe digital liner notes, and a pair of tickets to the CD release.

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