Sunday, November 07, 2004


YOU'VE GOT IT


Harold Ousley: Forget It, I've Got It
From The Kid (Cobblestone, 1972)

Saxophonist Harold Ousley insists: "Forget It, I've Got It." This comes from one of his rare solo albums, The Kid: Ousley's better known for backing up others - from Billie Holiday to Gene Ammons to Jack McDuff - but on this album, his band includes another Cobblestone regular, pianist Neal Creque, drummer Jim Young and bassist Jay Leonhart. "Forget It," opens with an unexpected nod to Brazilian batucada with that distinct "honking" rhythm and Young stays in step with a slick little break until Creque and Ousley jump into the mix. This one moves with a mid-tempo groove that's not quite a dancefloor burner yet it's hard not to nod along to the hard bop of the song.