Big John Patton (July 12, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri – March 19, 2002 in Montclair, New Jersey) was a staple of the Blue Note label's roster during the heyday of soul jazz in the 1960s. As well as a respected and in-demand sideman, Patton also made a name for himself as a band leader and composer, defining the sound of acid jazz for decades to come.
Patton is the link between the bluesy hardbop of Jimmy Smith and the modal free-jazz explorations of Larry Young. His style is funky and raw, emotional and honest, and thrillingly visceral.
My own playing and writing for organissimo is heavily influenced by Patton. This project is my way of honoring the man and his music. It will feature classic Patton penned songs like Soul Woman, Latona, Dirty Fingers, The Yodel, and many more plus my own songs written in that spirit.
The band assembled for this project is fantastic. It includes Ralph Tope on guitar (featured on organissimo's album Dedicated), Jim Cooper on vibraphones (check out his recordings on Delmark), Mark Kieme on tenor saxophone (one of Detroit's busiest session players), and the inimitable Randy Gelispie on drums. Mr. Gelispie's list of credits is long and distinguished, including performing many times with John Patton. But he's also performed and/or recorded with the great organists Gene Ludwig, Jack McDuff, Larry Young, and Don Patterson.
This is a project I've been wanting to do for years, not only because I love Patton's music and believe him to be vastly underrated, but also as an opportunity to record with Mr. Gelispie. I sincerely hope you will help us make this endeavor a success!
I don't do anything half-hearted and this project will be no exception. In addition to the high quality CD, I will be producing a DVD and HD video capturing the recording process, including all the songs we perform, mixing, mastering, fooling around, heck maybe even a lunch date or two with the musicians. When we get together, we always have a great time and you'll have behind-the-scenes access to the hang.
All this costs money. The breakdown of the budget is as follows:
$1000 - Mixing and mastering at Glenn Brown Productions
$500 - artwork and design
$3000 - radio promo
$3000 - duplication (CD and DVD)
$1000 - licensing for the non-original songs
The rest will go to musician's fees for recording, shipping, and unforeseen bumps in the road.
Remember: If our project goal is not met, we do not get any money. It's all or nothing, folks! Just the way I like it.
The organissimo Kickstater was a huge success! I know together we can do the same for this one, too. Let's create some beautiful music together!
Risks and challenges
Unlike the organissimo Kickstarter, the material for this project has yet to be recorded. If all goes as planned and we make our goal, I am preparing for tracking in June and post production in July / August which should leave plenty of time to meet the October deadline for shipping everything out to our loyal fans.
That said, I will be in constant communication with everyone through-out the process, even posting some teasers and snippets here for backers to see as the project unfolds.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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