Bob James Once Upon A Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions!
First-ever archival release of previously-unissued Bob James music
First released exclusively for Record Store Day
Repertoire of bebop standards and experimental original compositions
Mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI
Includes insert with rare photos by Tom Copi, essay by Mark Stryker, interviews with James, Bob Pozar, pianist Makoto Ozone, and more!
Once Upon A Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions is a previously-unissued release of studio recordings from pianist Bob James captured with no audience at Wollman Auditorium at Columbia University in New York City in 1965 by Resonance founder and co-president George Klabin. This limited-edition 180-gram LP features James in two different trio settings — one from January 20, 1965 with bassist Larry Rockwell and drummer Bob Pozar, and one from October 9, 1965 with bassist Bill Wood and drummer Omar Clay — performing a mix of jazz standards and original compositions.
The title track "Once Upon A Time" was named by James as an homage to the ONCE Festival of New Music in Ann Arbor, MI which ran from 1961-1966 and holds a special place in his early musical career. The deluxe gatefold set includes an extensive booklet with essays by jazz writer Mark Stryker (Jazz from Detroit) and engineer George Klabin; new interviews with Bob James and Makoto Ozone, and a 2011 interview with Bob Pozar by Hank Shteamer (Rolling Stone); plus rare archival photographs by Tom Copi. Mastered by Bernie Grundman, cut at 33 1/3 RPM and pressed by RTI.