Ted des Plantes • 1974-2020 Vol. 3

In 2018 Ted des Plantes launched a label, TdP Productions, to release new material from his own collection of live tapes and studio outtakes as well as several Stomp Off LPs from bands he was part of in the 1980s that had never made it to the CD format. I reviewed the first six releases in our December 2018 issue. Four of those releases had a singular focus on a group or moment, but two others chronicled a mixed collection of artists Des Plantes had played with over a period of years. Ted des Plates Vol. 1, covered the earlier years of his career up to the dawn of the 80s. The aptly titled Ted des Plantes Vol. 2: From Then Til Now, filled in the rest of the timeline. The newly available Vol. 3: 1974-2020, the seventh release from TdP productions, covers the whole span of his career again, from jamming with a teenage Hal Smith in 1974 up to the present day. That opening track, "Papa Dip", comes from an unreleased session with an early incarnation of Hal Smith's Down Home Jazz Band. For me, hearing these bits of music history is the highlight of the TdP releases. Anyone who lived through that history and enjoyed these groups in their prime, will find these first rate cuts worth having for their own merit as well as to complete your collection. When you've got 45 years of recordings to cull the resulting picks are bound to be special. Sessions on Vol. 3 include the previously m
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