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LP $22.65

01/17/2012 894807002646 

TSQ 2646 


Originally released on the influential label Black Jazz in 1971, guitarist CALVIN KEYS’ debut is a stone classic waiting to be re-discovered. The funky, deep grooves and Calvin’s singular guitar stylings, coupled with the heady collaborative feel that inhabits so many early ‘70’s jazz recordings, are all on beautiful display. Calvin’s musical roots originate in his hometown of Omaha, NE, playing with legends like Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson. Shortly after the release of his debut LP Shawn-Neeq, Calvin was hired to tour and record with Ray Charles. By the mid-70’s, Calvin was working steadily with legendary pianist Ahmad Jamal on the road and in the studio. Since settling in the Bay Area in the mid-70’s, Calvin has recorded numerous solo albums and played with many greats, including Taj Mahal, Bobby Hutcherson, Big John Patton and Dr. Lonnie Smith. In 2007, fellow-Midwesterner and big fan Pat Metheny included the song “Calvin’s Keys” on his album Day Trip. Calvin will perform ‘Shawn-Neeq’ with his trio in its entirety in support of this reissue on Tompkins Square!

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