One of the coolest records ever from German jazzman Helmuth Brandenburg – a rare sound library session that's got plenty of funk, and which is billed as an "instrumental fantasy for 11 keyboards and rhythm and brass combination"! There's definitely lots of keyboards on the record, although they never all play at once – and instead provide a shifting sonic soundscape that keeps things interesting as the set moves on – a record with a really nice mix of modes that's somewhere in the best territory of Italian sound library material of the period, especially in the way the acoustic and electric elements come together in the mix! Titles include "Pru Urebu", "Athbasch", "Schem Ajin Beth", "Thariah", "Neschamah", "Tardema", and "Amram". LP, Vinyl record album
With Kenny Baker, Derek Healey, Ronnie Hughes, and Duncan Campbell on trumpets; Roy Wilcox, Ray Swinfield, Tommy Whittle, Henry Mackenzie, and Eddie Mordue on saxophones; Wally Smith, Johnny Edwards, Ric Kennedy, and Bill Geldard on trombones; Norman Stenfalt on piano, Lennie Bush on bass, Judd Proctor on guitar, and Ronnie Verrell on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
With Hans Thomas on trumpet and flugelhorn, Bernd Rabe on alto, Joe Gallardo on trombone, Lance Burton on baritone, Joerg Reiter on piano, Thomas Stabenow on bass, and Matthias Holtmann on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
George Young —
Chant ... CD King/Intersound, 1985. Used ...
A sweet fusion set from reedman George Young – who plays tenor, alto, sopranino, and soprano sax – plus some flute as well! The album's put together by David Matthews, and has a vibe that's similar to his own 80s fusion efforts – with a real nod back to the soulful fusion styles of the 70s, and a good sense of space and collaboration that keeps things from ever sounding too clunky or pre-programmed. Other players include Lewis Del Gatto on additional reeds, John Tropea on guitar, and Sammy Figueroa and Rubens Bassini on percussion – and titles include "The Snake", "Leetah", "New Moon", "Ode To A Friend", and "Chant". CD