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.
Very cool find! I didn’t realize that Mr. Paggett was cutting records with students! I went to Sac High in the late 80’s and played trumpet in the orchestra/marching/jazz bands. We did some of these same songs in jazz band, like Chameleon. Ike played soprano sax, and would incorporate his own solos into our recitals and shows. Very intense, talented director and musician, what a cool sac high blast from the past!
Thanks a bunch for sharing, Carl. When I ran across the record, I recognized Paggett’s name, but had no idea whatsoever he was a Sacramento resident, let alone a high school music teacher. That is truly one of the things I love about turning up these small local market private press albums; you just never know when you’re going to run into something that is special to someone, somewhere. Cheers, kevin
Is still some where in the Carolinas
He was so cool my instruction to continue my sax playing
He Played the Soprano sax like no one s business!!
Not sure where he is exactly. A great Man Kenny G has nothing on this Man!! b
Zeke Ortiz Class of 82!! .
Ha! Thanks for checking in, Zeke. While this blog is semi-formant, I appreciate you taking the time to share the update
He just recently passed away in Atlanta. RIP. He was one of the most influential teachers I ever had.