Saturday, April 18, 2009
Some great keyboard work on this 1981 instrumental album from Boy Katindig (real name Roland Katindig) from the Philippines, who's on rhodes, mini-moog, string ensemble and wide lapels here. Jazz-funk-fusion with some touches of late-70s Brazil samba, the last of which serves as a link to Bong Peñera, the only other Philippino jazz artist I know. Anyway, this album's more of an electric affair than the Peñera ones, with jazz-fusion at the forefront.
This is a donation by reader Ken, who was sent a vinyl rip by a friend in New York, and then passed it on to me - so a first for the blogosphere. Many thanks Ken!
Here's an excerpted bio from allaboutjazz :
"Jazz Pianist and International Recording Artist Boy Katindig, comes from a well-known clan of musicians who pioneered Latin jazz in Manila. His father is Philippines' jazz legend, Romy Katindig. After playing with a host of successful bands in Manila like “Bits & Pieces” & “Circus”, Boy formed the “Boy Katindig Band” in 1978. In 1978, Boy signed up with A&W Records International and recorded several albums under the Horizon label. "Midnight Lady”, his first album was awarded “Best Instrumental Composition” by the Himig Awards and Gold for the single which preceded it “Don’t Ask My Neighbor”. The album was released in the U.S. by PAUSA, who had fusion jazz pioneers Tom Grant & Alphonse Mouzon in its artist roster. The “Boy Katindig Band”, which spawned out of the ‘Midnight Lady” release, was also voted Best Jazz Group by the Aliw Awards Foundation consecutively for three years."
Best tracks for me are a cover of Rhythm Heritage's "Language Of Love" and Katindig's own title track "Midnight Lady", both uptempo tracks pushed along by the congas. There are a couple of duds - there's really no excuse for Billy Joel, you know - next wave, new wave etc ... it's still Billy Joel to me ...
Skip Scarborough's oft-recorded "Don't Ask My Neighbours" is probably best known as an Emotions song but here more references the Eddie Russ and Raul De Souza versions.
Anyway, check it out!
Katindig released several albums after this one and seems to be still touring around, visit him at MySpace.
01. 'Midnight Lady' (Roland Katindig) - 5:06
02. 'Don't Ask My Neighbours' (Skip Scarborough) - 10:25
03. 'Whatever Happened To the Love?' (Roland Katindig) - 7:43
04. 'Just the Way You Are' (Billy Joel) - 5:49
05. 'Agua de Beber' (Jobim, Demoraes) - 3:46
06. 'Language Of Love' (M.Price / D.Walsh) - 11:20
Boy Katindig - rhodes, clavinet, mini-moog, string ensemble
Teddy Vano - guitar
Jerry "Paco" Gamboa - bass
Cesar "Bachu" Yumping - drums
Jun Viray - drums
Panting Katindig - percussion
Danny Boogie - percussion
- Vinyl rip supplied by Ken.
- Covers photoshopped into shape from some angled ebay shots by Simon
- Other album links in this post go to My Jazz World, Quimsy's Mumbo Jumbo, My Favourite Sound, Blog-o-blog, Digs Daily.com and The Eternal Dance 2. Please drop them some thanks if you visit.