With Sonny Fortune on alto, Larry Willis on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. Includes a great version of "Book's Bossa" – plus "Blue Autumn", "Tallahassee Kid", "Fifth Labor Of Hercules", and "For Duke & Cannon". LP, Vinyl record album
A great little record – not so much for Kelly's keyboards, but for some killer sax work by Pharoah Sanders, who's the "friend" listed in the title! A few cuts are going for a smoother funky sound, but the record has a great version of "Got To Have Freedom" that's done at a different pace than the one on Pharoah's Journey To The One album – loping and modal, warm and soulful, and very spiritual. Other tunes are pretty nice too – and titles include "Newborn", "Rainbow Song", and "Pippin". Plus, the CD features 2 bonus cuts – recorded by Kelly and tenorist Robert Stewart – "Song For The Street People" and "West Oakland Strut" – plus 3 more that are just solo piano tracks by Kelly! CD
A nice set of tunes – one that goes way past the Charlie Parker reference in the title! Williams claimed an affinity to Bird because he, like Parker, came from Kansas City – but by the time of this set, he'd spent over 15 years in the Bay Area – soaking up the rich and soulful energy of its 70s scene. The session features guest work from Pepper Adams on baritone – but despite that fact (touted highly on the cover), the real charm of the session is from Williams – who leads a group through some great soul bop numbers that crackle with the innocent charm of some of the best indie soul jazz sides of the late 70s. Titles include "About Time", "Beth", "Tahia's Outlook", "Allegra", and "The Doc Speaks". LP, Vinyl record album
Pharoah Sanders —
Rejoice ... LP Theresa, 1981. Used 2LP Gatefold ...
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Fantastic 80s work from Pharoah Sanders – with a vibe that's a perfect extension of his classic work for the Impulse label! The album has Pharoah working with an amazing group – Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, John Hicks and Joe Bonner on piano, Art Davis on bass, and either Elvin Jones or Billy Higgins on drums. The sound is remarkably fresh – soaring and spiritual, but also more focused than in earlier years, with a great amount of soulful warmth. And although extra elements are added – like vocals, vibes, and added percussion – Pharoah's solos still dominate the whole album beautifully. Titles include "Rejoice", "Origin", "Moments Notice", "Central Park West", "Farah", "Ntjilo Ntjilo/Bird Song", and "Nigerian Juju Hilife". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear.)
Pharoah Sanders —
Shukuru ... CD Theresa/Evidence, 1985. Used ...
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A great album by Pharoah Sanders – recorded in the mid 80s, but with a spiritual style that's kind of a bridge between Pharoah's earlier days and the present. The work is played by a small group that includes Idris Muhammad on drums, William Henderson on keyboards, and Ray Drummand on bass. Henderson plays with some keyboard effects that include strings and voices – and his work in this respect isn't nearly as off-putting as you'd think, and ends up sounding pretty sweet as backing for Pharoah's sax. Leon Thomas sings on two cuts – "Sun Song" and "Mas In Brooklyn Heights" – and other tracks include "Shukuru" and "Jitu". CD
Nice 2-fer that brings together both of the albums recorded by reed player Steve Marcus for Vortex – the short-lived Herbie Mann-run subsidiary of Atlantic. The CD's a nice messed-up batch of slightly-funky, slightly-rocky jazz, with a tripped out kind of sound that shows the early rumblings of a funky fusion movement. Marcus plays electric and acoustic sax here, in a vein that's a bit similar to some of Tom Scott's wilder early sessions, and he's backed by some similarly-minded players, like Larry Coryell, Bob Moses, Mike Nock, Herbie Hancock, and Larry Clark. Titles include "Theresa's Blues", "Scarborough Fair", "Ooh Baby", "Hope", "Wild Thing", "T With Strings", "Hey Jude", "America", and "Back Street Girl". CD
Sonic Youth's second set for Geffen and perhaps the SC album most burdened by expectations of the time – produced by Butch Vig and with a bigger, yet way noisier sound than Goo. The sound is straight up incredible – whether you'd want to credit Vig, mixer Andy Wallace or Sonic Youth themselves – the feedback and layers of fuzz are massive, making the few quieter moments all the more impressive when they spring up. The great songs and odd changes are all Sonic Youth – and this is another essential set from them. Include "100%", "Swimsuit Issue", "Theresa's Sound-World", "Drunken Butterfly", "Shoot", "Wish Fulfillment", "Sugar Kane", "Youth Against Fascism", "On The Strip", "Purr", "Creme Brulee". LP, Vinyl record album
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