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Pete Jolly: Seasons (Future Days Recordings) – review

staticwire | March 29, 2024
Pete Jolly Seasons

In a surprising turn of events, jazz fans were delighted to hear of the reissue of Pete Jolly’s iconic album “Seasons.” Pete Jolly, a renowned jazz pianist from the ’50s and ’60s, gained fame for his session work and albums, earning two Grammy Award nominations and having his music featured in numerous television shows and movies.

Herb Alpert, the legendary musician and record label owner, signed Jolly to his A&M record label in the late ’60s. Under A&M, Jolly released three albums, including the groundbreaking “Seasons” in 1970. However, “Seasons” went out of print on vinyl in 1971, leaving fans eager for its return.

Now, Future Days Recordings, an imprint of Light in the Attic, has answered the call by remastering “Seasons” from the original analog tapes and reissuing it on vinyl. This reissue allows listeners to experience Jolly’s experimental side, where he traded in his traditional piano for instruments like the wurlitzer, accordion musette, sano vox, and hammond organ.

The recording process for “Seasons” was a unique and largely improvised four-hour session with fellow musicians Chuck Berghofer, Emil Richards, Paul Humphrey, John Pisano, and Milt Holland. The resulting album is a departure from Jolly’s usual jazz stylings, marked by its idiosyncratic instruments and exploratory compositions.

Despite being ahead of its time, “Seasons” failed to achieve commercial success, leading to it being Jolly’s final album for A&M. However, the album has since gained a cult following, with artists like De La Soul, Cypress Hill, and Redman sampling its tracks.

The reissue of “Seasons” showcases Jolly’s masterful musicianship and the innovative spirit of the era. Fans and music enthusiasts alike can now appreciate the album’s uniqueness and contribution to the jazz genre.

With this reissue, Pete Jolly’s “Seasons” has been reintroduced to a new generation of listeners, preserving its legacy as a bold and experimental work in the jazz canon. The album is now available for purchase on the Light in the Attic website, allowing fans to rediscover and enjoy this hidden gem from the past.

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