Joanne Grauer - Introducing Lorraine Feather
Joanne Grauer - Introducing Lorraine Feather
Joanne Grauer - Introducing Lorraine Feather
Joanne Grauer - Introducing Lorraine Feather

Joanne Grauer - Introducing Lorraine Feather

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Joanne Grauer - keyboards

Lorraine Feather - vocals (B1-B3)

Colin Bailey - drums

David Troncoso - bass (A1-A5, B4)

Ernie Watts - tenor saxophone (B1-B3)

Paulinho Da Costa - percussion (A4, B1-B3)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : unspecified

Label : MPS

Original Label : MPS

Recorded Dec. 1977 at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA

Engineered & mixed by Hugh Davies

Produced by Leonard Feather

Originally released in 1978

Reissued in 2018



Side A:

  1. Gork
  2. Evergreen
  3. Misty Dreams & Ruffy's Eyes
  4. Longing
  5. Happy

Side B:

  1. See You Later
  2. Can't Sleep
  3. The Voice
  4. Frog Child



“Joanne Grauer is a largely forgotten figure these days. Although the L.A.-based pianist cut her first album in 1957, a trio session with Buddy Clark and Mel Lewis, she didn’t record as a leader again until the ’70s, when she released a funky self-titled album for Avar, and the just-reissued Introducing Lorraine Feather for MPS. And even then, it would be another decade before that latter recording attained cult status, when DJ and rare-groove tastemaker Gilles Peterson began spinning “Frog Child” at clubs.

“Frog Child” is a wonder—tuneful and funky, with prog overtones and a very dance-friendly rhythmic arc. Driven by a jazzy fatback, the recording is marked by near-telepathic interplay between Grauer’s piano and Colin Bailey’s drums. But its secret weapon is David Troncoso’s virtuosic electric bass playing, which blurs the line between bass and guitar.

Although the rest of the album isn’t bad, it’s just not as memorable as “Frog Child.” The three tracks with singer Lorraine Feather are beautifully recorded—it can’t have hurt that her father, critic and onetime DownBeat contributor Leonard Feather, produced the album—and there are some flashes of Annie Ross-style wit on “The Voice.” Grauer, Troncoso and Bailey manage to find a solid, soulful groove in their version of Barbra Streisand’s “Evergreen,” but the slick playing on “Gork” and “Misty Dreams & Ruffy’s Eyes” hews closer to Vince Guaraldi-style soundtrack jazz. Only the samba-fueled “See You Later,” with Feather on vocals and Ernie Watts providing tenor saxophone counterpoint, comes close to providing “Frog Child” with a worthy sibling.” Downbeat Review by J.D. Considine, January 2019


Ratings :

Discogs : 4,37 / 5 , Downbeat : 4.5 / 5

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