A great set of soul jazz from McPherson – recorded live, with a rolling groove that's in the Blue Note mode of the mid 60s – but even more open overall! The group's got a lot of hometown talent from McPherson's native Detroit – including Barry Harris on piano, Lonnie Hillyer on trumpet, and Ray McKinney on bass – and the mighty Billy Higgins handles the drums, always with a lean and fluid groove that works well with the extended energy of the set! McPherson's horn is sometimes a bit overshadowed by Hillyer's trumpet on the head arrangements – but given how much we like Lonnie, that's hardly a bad thing – and Charles more than comes into his own on the solos! The album features a catchy original called "The Viper", plus the tracks "Suddenly", "Shaw Nuff", and "Never Let Me Go". The CD features the entire album Quintet/Live – plus 3 previously unreleased bonus tracks – "I Believe In You", "Epistrophy", and "Luminescence". CD
One of the first albums ever recorded by avant alto genius Sonny Simmons – and one of the best! The session has a raw, jagged feel – as a loose collective of players work their way through soaring, exploratory ideas of Sonny's – very aptly titled Music From The Spheres. Players include Barbara Donald on trumpet, James Zitro on drums, and Michael Cohen on piano – and overall, the album's got a much more spiritual side than other ESP albums of the period! Features 4 long tracks, including "Dolphy's Days", "Resoultions", and the great "Zarak's Symphony". CD
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Henrik Freischlader —
Blues ... LP Pepper Cake/ZYX (Germany), 2012. Used 2LP ...
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