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6 Mar 2017

Moe Koffman “Moe’s Curried Soul” 1970 Canada Soul Jazz Funk







Moe Koffman “Moe’s Curried Soul” 1970 Canada Soul Jazz Funk
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Moe Koffman was a Canadian jazz musician who played not only the flute but also rocked the sax and clarinet (just like our very own Trampy). Having established his reputation as a talented flautist in the late 1950s and 1960s, Moe's Curried Soul saw Koffman move from straight-up jazz into the world of fusion. Released in 1969 on Karma Sutra records, Curried Soul is a funk/soul/jazz explosion. The title track is the winner here, funky and jazzy in equal measure. If you can tolerate jazz flute you'll surely find a lot to like – great guitar, nice horn section and (presumably to justify the "curried" part of the title) just a tickle of sitar ... all of which builds to a satisfyingly cosmic finale. The rest of the album has a definite 1970s Sesame Street vibe going on (particularly the cover of You Are My Sunshine which jars somewhat as it immediately follows Curried Soul) but Koffman's covers of High Heel Sneakers and Cantelope Island are worth a listen.By Trampy and the Tramp..............

Born in Toronto, Koffman played violin at age nine. Later he took up clarinet, sax, and flute at age 13. In 1948 he won a jazz poll in 'Metronome' magazine which garnered him a record deal with Mainstream Records in New York who released two records on 78 RPM.

In January 1950 he moved to New York and hooked up with Sonny Durham's band and later did stints with Buddy Morrow, Jimmy Dorsey, Ralph Flannagan, Charlie Barnet, Tex Beneke, Doc Severinsen as well as some Latin acts.

After six years on the road Koffman returned to Toronto and formed the Moe Koffman Quartet to play clubs and concert halls where they were highly in demand.

On the suggestion of a friend, they recorded a demo tape which landed them a record deal with Jubilee Records. Their first record for them was originally an original by Koffman called "Blues A La Canadiana" but was changed by the producer during the recording session to "Swingin' Shepherd Blues" becoming a smash hit in 1958.

Koffman has stuck mostly to session and other studio work (like Bach Sonata's on GRT Records in the '70's) while also performing at Colleges and clubs with his band. He was music director at George's Spaghetti House in Toronto for over 20 years. He was also an integral part of Rob McConnell's Boss Brass, worked closely with Doug Riley, Jimmy Dale and Guido Basso.

In the 80's he would sign to Duke Street Records producing music that was back in style once again -- be-bop jazz plus 'cover material' by the masters.

In 1993 Koffman was appointed the Order Of Canada for his outstanding work and service to the arts; Koffman's instrumental piece "Curried Soul" was the theme music to CBC Radio's 'As It Happens' show for many years.

with notes from Glenda Rush, Geoff Taylor, and Jeremy Pletcher....Canadian Pop Engyclopedia.......

Personnel:

Lenny Breau: Guitar
Moe Koffman: Flute, Saxophone
Dave Lewis: Drums
Doug Riley: Keyboards
Davis Young: Bass

Tracklist
A1 Curried Soul 3:18
A2 You Are My Sunshine 3:19
A3 Li'l Bitty Pretty One 3:56
A4 Sunshine Superman 4:54
B1 Country Song 3:31
B2 Anteater's Dance 3:00
B3 High Heel Sneakers 3:50
B4 Cantelope Island 6:55

Discography

Singles
1958 Swingin' Shepherd Blues/The Baron (Jubilee - US) 45-5061
1958 Swingin' Shepherd Blues/Hambourg Bound (Jubilee - US) 45-5311
1958 Little Pixie/Koko-Mamey (Jubilee - US) 45-5324
1958 Shepherd's Hoedown/Stroll Along With The Blues (Jubilee - US) 45-5367
1958 Moe Koffman Quartet [4 song EP] (London - UK) REJ-1163
1959 Flootenanny/Coffee House (Jubilee - US) 45-5471
1959 Shepherd's Cha-Cha/The Great Healer
1960 Trains And Boats And Planes/Norwegian Wood (Jubilee - US) 45-5615
1960 Funky Monkey/Do You Know The Way To San Jose (Jubilee - US) 45-5632
1961 Big Bad Irving/Bulldog (ATCO) 45-6382
1961 Keep Walkin' Little Flock/Wishbone (Zirkon) 1057
1962 Swingin' Shepherd Blues Twist/Train Whistle Twist (Ascot - US) 2100
1962 Pretzel/Bumpin' (Ascot - US) 2111
1963 Growing Up/Jazz Merengue (Ascot) 2118
1964 Soul Brothers/I Want To Hold Your Hand (Jubilee - US) J-5485
1964 Swingin' Shepherd Blues/Hambourg Bound (Quality) 1690X
1967 Hi-Fifer/Rocco's Theme (Gold Eagle - US) 1411
1966 Black Eye Peas/Sapphire (Palette) PZ-5045
1972 Two Bourrees/Siciliano (GRT) 1230-21
1972 The Gig (GRT) 1230-30
1973 Swingin' Sheppard Blues/Icicle Bells (Allegro) (GRT) 1230-51
1973 Cavern of the Mountain Trolls (GRT) 1230-66
1976 It's All Right/Tiger Claw (GRT) 1230-121
1977 Museum Piece/Evolution Blues (GRT) 1230-140
1978 Two Bourrees (Suite III)/Swingin' Shepherd Blues (GRT) 1230-151
1978 Minstrel's Hymn/Things Are Looking Up (GRT) 1230-162
1978 Le Canon de Pachelbel/Things Are Looking Up (GRT) 1230-166


Albums
1957 Hot And Cool Sax (Jubilee) JLP-1037
1958 The Shepherd Swings Again (Jubilee) JLP-1074
1962 Moe Koffman The Swinging Shepherd Plays For Teens (Ascot) AS-16001
1962 Tales Of Koffman (United Artists) JS-14209
1963 The Moe Koffman Quartet (CTL)
1967 Moe Koffman Goes Electric (Jubilee) JGS-8009
1968 Turned On Moe Koffman (Jubilee) JGS-8016
1970 Moe's Curried Soul (Kama Sutra) KSBS-2018
1971 Moe Koffman Plays Bach (GRT) 9230-1008
1972 The Four Seasons (GRT) 9230-1022
1973 Master Sessions (GRT) 9230-1041
1973 Sorcerer's Dance
1973 Rock Bach To Me (CBS - UK) 73246
1974 Solar Explorations (GRT) 9230-1050
1975 Swinging Shepherd Blues: Best Of Moe Koffman (GRT) 9230-1053
1975 Live At George's (GRT) 9230-1055
1976 Jungle Man (GRT) 9230-1066
1977 Museum Pieces (GRT) 9230-1072
1978 Things Are Looking Up (GRT) 9230-1078
1978 The Jazz/Rock Seasons (STC - UK) STC-100
1979 Back To Bach (Magnum/GRT - US) 9242-2004
1980 Back to Bach (Anthem) ANR-1-1023
1983 Best Of Moe Koffman Volume I (Anthem) ANR-1-1039
1983 Best Of Moe Koffman Volume II (Anthem) ANR-1-1043
1983 If You Don't Know Me By Now
1985 The Magic Flute (PolyTel) PTL-17002
1986 One Moe Time (Duke Street) DSR-31023
1987 Moe-Mentum (Duke Street) DSR-31036
1989 The Best of Moe Koffman - Volumes 1 and 2 (Anthem) ANBD-1057
1988 Oop-Pop-A-Da (Duke Street) DSR-31048
1990 Moe Koffman Quintet Plays (Duke Street) DSR-31060
1991 Music For The Night: Symphonic, Chamber & Pop Interpretations Of The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Duke Street) DSR-31073
1992 The Moe Koffman Collection (Duke Street) DSR-31089
1995 1967 (Live) (Just a Memory) JAS-9505-2
1996 Devil's Brew (Duke Street) DSR-31100
2000 The Moe Koffman Project (Universal) 

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