Stan Kenton —
Hair ... LP Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good+ ...
A great album by Stan Kenton – a reading of the Hair score, and a lot groovier than most of his other 60s work! Part of the reason for this is Ralph Carmichael – who does the arrangements for the record, and brings in plenty of the cool touches he was using on his own records from the time. The band bumps along with some great electric bass, tight drums from Paul Humphrey, and nice use of keyboards and percussion. Many tracks have vocals by a chorus that includes EdnaWright – and titles include "Where Do I Go", "Sodomy", "Easy To Be Hard", "Walking In Space", "Frank Mills", and "Colored Spade". LP, Vinyl record album
(Lime green label pressing. Cover has light wear, a small cutout hole, and some staple holes on one corner.)
Although this should be a "sell out" album for Stan – because it's got his tenor set amidst some sweeping larger arrangements – it's actually still a pretty dope little LP, and one that shows Turrentine's capacity for hitting a nice groove in kind of a soundtrack-y funk vein. The record features keyboards by Gene Page, who also arranged the whole thing – and it's also got a little bit of background vocals by EdnaWright and Jim Gilstrap. A nice batch of sophisticated easy tunes from Stan the Man – and with the cuts "In The Pocket", "Naked As The Day I Was Born", "Spaced", and "Black Lassie". LP, Vinyl record album