Don Sebesky - The Distant Galaxy

Band/Record: Don Sebesky - The Distant Galaxy

Label/Matrix: US 1968 DS001

Condition Record/Sleeve: Mint-/EX

Extra Info: Fantastic Album In Great Collectible Condition!  Fantastic Re-issue with awesome audio ...

Sebesky was born in 1937 and is primarily known as a jazz trombonist and arranger. The Distant Galaxy was released on the Verve label in 1968 and consists of 17 tracks lasting just over 36 minutes. Of these, seven are brief interludes that nicely bridge the different styles of the main courses.

After the brief title track, the LP really gets going with the dramatic and upbeat Dance The Night Away which features Hubert Laws' divine saxophone. This is followed by a minimal yet gorgeous take on Sounds Of Silence which has Laws playing a mean flute over a spiralling arrangement. Things get groovy with the smooth rhythms of Soul Lady which sees Dick Hyman swapping moog for piano. Mr Tambourine Man is wonderful, floating away until that killer sax comes in again while the side closes with the jittery clarinet-led Water Brother (a Sebesky original).

The Blue Scimitar is a strident jazz piece with supremely good trumpet playing from Marvin Stamm. The weightless Elvira Madigan Theme is divine and slides neatly into the smooth strains of Honey. The aforementioned Guru-Vin is exotica personified with a hypnotic sitar by Larry Caryell with Dick Hyman once again playing the piano for a breezy I Wish It Would Rain. A frantic blast of Lady Madonna and we're done. What a fantastic voyage.