Baya ... LP HCRC, Early 80s. Very Good+ ....
Don't know much about the group – save for the fact that George Cables is on keyboards (and sounds pretty darn sweet too!) – but the sound is a nice one, a blend of smooth jazz and R&B tinged fusion that's served up with a honest indie style. There's certainly a bit of Caribbean influence to the set, but the overall approach is more in a sweet soulful jazz mode, and the set has some nice gently funky groovers that sparkle with a warm fusiony sound. Titles include "A Vegas Kind Of Guy", "Dolahin", "Phantom Of The Islands", "Havin Some Fun Now", and "Jungle John". LP, Vinyl record album
A mixture of mellow jazz and smooth soul numbers from tenor player Lannie McMillan – recorded in the smooth modern style of other albums on the HCRC label. Most of the tunes are instrumental, although a few have chorus type vocals – and the overall feel of the set is kind of like some of Grover Washington's later work for Elektra. Includes a nice version of "Close The Door", plus "Mercy Mercy", "Love Is Music", "I'm Not The One You Love", and "Breakin Through". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a bit of seam splitting.)