The Best of Don McCaslin's WARMTH

by Warmth

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Twistedsoul
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Twistedsoul Absolutely essential jazz, boogie album! A rare classic from Don McCaslin's Warmth. Every track's a winner but look out for "Praise Poems", "Afro blue" and "A Song The Children Dance To" in particular! You need this album!! Favorite track: Afro Blue.
Allan Hansen
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Allan Hansen Laidback and oozing with a coolness from an era gone by. Warmth is one of those records that deserves to be played over and over again. Great for those snazzy parties or a rainy day accompanied by a "damn fine cup of coffee." Favorite track: Praise Poems.
Mike Allin
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Mike Allin MASSIVE props to Tobias over at Tramp Records for putting this album together. Incredible 70's Jazz that is a 'must have' for any jazz fan! Favorite track: A Song The Children Dance To.
Daniel Schmitt
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Daniel Schmitt A few month ago, his awesome track `Praise Poems` gave the title of a fantastic compilation filled with warmth jazz & dance tunes from way back, which caught my attention immediately. The track opened a wide range of fantastic soulful music compilation. `Praise Poems` and this collection of rare Don McCaslin`s tracks are both highly recommended! Go and get them on the format you prefer, best on vinyl! :-) Favorite track: Simon Rodia's Song.
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++$1000 AND MORE++ULTRA RARE++SOUGHT AFTER! The reason why labels work so hard to track down musicians to re-issue their privately released music is normally because the original records are very hard to find and very expensive. Demand within the 'collectors scene' is crucial. So what do we have here?

None of the adjectives mentioned above apply for the albums of Don McCaslin's Warmth. Born in Tacoma Washington in 1926, Don moved to the San Jose area during the first year of life. He took a few piano lessons as a child, but it was boogie woogie music that really inspired him. While attending San Jose State he formed a band which had piano, guitar, vibes, bass and drums. Following his graduation from college, Don played music on the weekends and worked as a high school English teacher for fifteen years. Then in 1970 he quit his teaching job and moved to Santa Cruz, making music his main pursuit. In 1971 he was invited to bring a jazz combo to play at a political rally. The event took place in the patio of the 19th century courthouse building, now called the Cooper House. The owner told Don that he was putting a sidewalk cafe there and invited him to play on opening day. Don ended up playing there until the 1989 earthquake ruined the beautiful old building.

Don and his fellow musicians were forced to move to the Warf House, a restaurant situated at the tip of the Capitola pier, and played there for 20 years. Today you can find Don's band The Amazing Jazz Geezers play at Severino's Lounge in Aptos, California. The Geezers are not necessarily "amazing" because of their musicianship. To become an "Amazing Jazz Geezer" one must merely be over 75 years of age, know over 1000 tunes written between 1935 and 1950, and still be able to play a full gig.

Regardless of rarity and demand, for Don McCaslin the time has come for representation and appreciation. Neither of Warmth original albums are considered to be sought after nor they sell for big money. Until now.

Key selling points:

- all songs appear on CD/digital for the very first-time
- the deluxe double-gatefold vinyl includes a full album download code
- the digital version contains 6 bonus tracks

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released June 22, 2015

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