Stumbled across this one a couple of days ago. Not what I would call a surprise, finding a high school jazz band record in the city of its origin. But these high school recordings, primarily from the 70’s, can be pretty crazy affairs. Musically, that is. For instance, the repertoire here runs from Herbie Hancock’s epic “Head Hunters” jam “Chameleon” (replete with credited trumpet, guitar & synthesizer solos) to a cover of arguably the schmaltziest song of all time, Morris Albert’s “Feelings” (flugelhorn solo!), from “Salsoul Hustle” to “Girl From Impanema”.
The director of the ensemble at the time was a guy by the name of Ike Paggett. I didn’t know the name, and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of detail out there on the man. But it appears he worked in music education for much, if not all of his career. I think I saw a mention on the interwebs about another album he made with a group of Sacramento students that veers toward the adventurous. And he has had some semblance of a recording career as a saxophonist, bit I still can’t figure out how extensive it was. My impression is that it was pretty limited, but musically ran to the avant side. I’d love to know more about this guy and his history in Sac, so if anyone has anything to pass along, please feel to note it via the comments section.
Again, this one is sealed. And doesn’t come around too often. Hardly ever. Even in Sacramento. Jacket has a couple of bottom corner issues – left one has a dent and a crease while the right has a very light 1″ crease. $30.