Title - The Apostolic Session: Collectors Edition [Vinyl]
Artist - Judy Stuart
For those not in the know, US composer and singer Judy Stuart passed away back in 2018, and amazingly, never had any of her recordings released whilst she was still alive - despite being active for oh-so many decades.
Luckily for us fans, and I'm sure her family also, in late 2020 some of her recordings made in the late 1960’s saw the light of day (and on vinyl, nonetheless).
Recently released via the Inky Dot Media label, The Apostolic Session is a delightful delve into the past, as it brings us two Judy Stuart tracks recorded back in 1969.
1. 'Inspiration' (6:53)
2. 'Nickel Bag of Tears' (5:31)
This delightful two-Track 10" vinyl, which lovingly still sounds dated, but now embodies a quite magnificent and clean sound quality (especially given that it was originally recorded as a 12-channel multitrack studio session, intended as a demo for Vanguard Records back in 1969), brings us (on Side A) the quite mesmerizing free-form jazz track 'Inspiration.'
A woman known for her expressive approach to song making, the vibrantly fervent, chaotically disjointed and yet always melodically and harmonically driven rhythms come pouring out (and don't you just love the basic, yet effective drumming from Shelly Rusten on it).
Then, Side B allows us to envelope ourselves inside more of Stuart's musical adventures, this time on the more completist track 'Nickel Bag of Tears.' Now this track showcases a whole other side of Stuart’s material, for it comes complete with a psych-tinged, perhaps even aching folk bent to it.
Musicians: Judy Stuart - vocals & arrangements, Steve Tintweiss - conductor & music director, voice, Marc Levin - cornet & valve trombone, Calo Scott - cello, Tom Moore - flute, Burton Greene - piano, Paul Nash - guitar, Monty Renov - bass guitar, and Shelly Rusten - drums.
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