Art Van Damme Quintet, Keep Going (1971)
I had heard the name Art Van Damme and new it to be a cool name, also that he played a very uncool instrument – the accordion. But he did it in a jazz-setting. That was all it took for me to want to hear this. He released a bunch of albums – on the strength of this one I’d hear more. It’s a great quintet – bass, guitar, drums, accordion and vibes. Not only that the great Kenny Clare is on drums. Not only that The Great Joe Pass is on guitar. They play a few standards. And perform them with a lovely feel. The novelty of it all might have been what got me to the dance, but I’m following the footsteps of what I hear now and I’m sold. Into it. Big time. No mere novelty act – just a great musician leading a killer band.
Sample Track: Gone With The Wind
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