Back On Vinyl for the First Time Since 1972!
The Nineteenth Whole was an Indianapolis-based funk-jazz outfit recruited by jazz guitar legend Grant Green as his rhythm section for live dates. The attention that followed their work with Green allowed the group to sign with producer Bob Porter (responsible for many superb jazz productions for Prestige and Atlantic) on Eastbound, a label he had set up with Detroit independent Westbound Records. Showcasing Billy Wooten's distinctive vibes, guitar legend Cornell Dupree (Aretha Franklin's "Respect") and percussionist Buddy Caldwell (session musician for Prestige & Muse) their lone album Smilin' is an organ funk groove classic recorded in 1972 by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder at the Indianapolis club that gave the band their name. Presented here are five lengthy soul-jazz pieces (including material from Sly Stone, War and The Jackson 5) with funky grooves and some of the best sparkling organ and guitar licks you'll ever hear. Super rare and fetching large sums on the collectors market, it's finally back on vinyl!