Ugly On My Mind
:: Ugly, Ugly ::
:: Winkee-Do ::
On Leonard Nimoy's triumphant third albu...JUST KEEDING!
Leo Gooden and Oliver Nelson were both St. Louis-born heavyweights in the worlds of Jazz. Nelson, who arranged these songs and put them out on his short-lived Noslen (get it?) imprint, did lots of arranging, sax wailing and writing before his untimely demise from a heart attack in the mid 1970's. Gooden was a jazz vocalist, songwriter and Missouri nightclub owner who might be best known for penning the Albert King bopper "COD." (That's as in "cash on delivery," not as in someone shouting the name of a fish.)
Biographies aside, this 45 bursts with dirty, bluesy jazz somewhat reminiscent of Wynonie Harris, augmented nicely by some backroom Hammond B3 playing. From what I've found on the internets, one Don James may have been the dude supplying the organ, as he played in Gooden's group Leo's Five, and for Albert King, around the same time as this 45 came out, 1963. But that's not really important -- you should just sit back and enjoy these tracks, baby.