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The Memphis ensemble known as the Midtown Jazz Mobile flourished in the early 1980s and left two glorious albums for posterity to enjoy and appreciate.

Their first album, Fugitive, was recorded in 1982, at Cotton Row Recording in Memphis. The Midtown Jazz Mobile consisted of George Caldwell (piano), Ron McBee (Congas, Percussion), Doug Garrison (Drums), Jim Spake (Soprano, Tenor Saxes), Sylvester Sample (Bass), and Gerard Harris (Guitar).
 

The second album, Bakatak, was recorded in 1984, also at Cotton Row in Memphis. The personnel had changed only slightly: Ron McBee did not appear on this session, but Doug Garrison added Percussion to his role; Jim Spake’s saxophones were augmented by Nokie Taylor (Trumpet) and Shof Beavers (Waterphone); and Gerard Harris played keyboards in addition to Guitar.
 

All songs on Fugitive were written by Gerard Harris except for F Region (Jim Spake) and Handicap (D. Cousar). Harris, likewise, penned all but two of the songs on the second album, Bakatak (Life without It – Ben Flint, and Hangs by Wires – Jim Spake).
 

Together, Fugitive and Bakatak are pristine time capsules of the art of Jazz at its in pinnacle in the years between 1982 and 1984.

 
 
 
 
FUGITIVE

BLUES FOR NAUGHT

F REGION

ESCAPE FROM BRAZIL

BORROWED TIME

ERIKA

LYNN

HANDICAP

     

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