Jimmy Bowman – Swings At The Golden Fox
Private Press Jazz for the late 60s cocktail set. Jimmy Bowman was (is?) a journeyman pianist who at some stage apparently held a residency at the Golden Fox club in Minneapolis. The title of this 45 is a little misleading though because it was actually recorded in a Minneapolis studio (UA Recording Studios) rather than at the Golden Fox itself. The usual duo of Bowman & bassist “Duffy” Goodlowe are joined by a full band of other musicians on the two songs here. Side one is a unremarkable version of ‘On A Clear Day You Can See Forever’ & side two is a nice but a little loungey version of ‘Spinning Wheel’. The main reason I bought this 45 sealed without first listening to it was primarily to see what the version of ‘Spinning Wheel’ was like. I love that song & tend to find something good in almost every version I hear. A close second in the decision maker to buy this 45 was the cover with Mr. Bowman decked out in full golf attire in front of the Golden Fox looking longingly at a stuffed Golden Fox sitting on the hood of a car. Released on his own ‘Bow-Pete’ label this is essentially a mini “taster” 45 of a full length LP which shares the same title & cover. First time I’d ever seen a sealed picture sleeve 45 too.