Marva Josie with Earl “Fatha” Hines and Orchestra • This Is Marva Josie (Thimble) 1973
Strange project that brought together (among many others) such diverse folks as Weldon Irvine and Kenny Davern but also, of course, the idiosyncratic vocals of Ms. Josie, the legendary Hines, and arranger/ producer/ English horn player Fred Miller. Miller recorded and/ or played on loads of cool records and is credited here with writing the standout track “He Does It Better.” The tune, if you haven’t heard it, is a slinky, creepy little finger snapper full of atmospheric room sound and sparse instrumentation that inhabits a similar sound world to Marion Black’s “Who Knows.” My feeling is that this was intended for release on Chiaroscuro or is made up of rejected or unused sessions cobbled together and put out on the Chiaroscuro/ Audio Fidelity-related Thimble label, possibly a little later than the 1973 date on the back cover. Thimble also put out the second (?) version of the Danser’s Inferno record. The great and nearly ubiquitous (for a time) Ron Warwell designed the cover.
Can't wait to read Bobby's new book.I never went to Florida State for the football team but it was fun to watch the Seminoles, if you google fred the head fsu then you can see me painting him for games. The photo is from the Florida archives.----->>go Noles!#Seminolenation#chop#collegememories#fredmiller#gonoles 🏈