Essential Late Night 60's Supper Club Jazz, from the legendary Ohio vibraphonist Johnny Lytle, recorded for Pacific Jazz in 1967.
With a beer bottle used to recreate the river boat whistles, the song could be interpreted as a euphemism for his lack of commercial success,
This song was ironically also recorded in a time of civil rights struggles across America.
Lytle never recorded with any of the major record labels and that could be why he never gained the status of a jazz icon like some of his peers.
In his hometown of Springfield, Ohio, the street where he used to live was eventually renamed Johnny Lytle Avenue after his death in December 1995.
From his swinging 60's mid and uptempo tracks to his soul-satisfying ballads, Lytle was a truly independent jazz forefather to the more commercially renowned greats like Roy Ayers.. and he knew how to keep a groove.
RIP Johnny Lytle "The Man" 1932 -1995
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