Pretty darn hip stuff from Clifford – in that righteous soul jazz mode that he was using at Strata East, although perhaps a bit less focused than on those records. The record's actually got vocals on a number of tracks – scatting in a kind of hip Bill Lee sort of approach, singing righteous 70s lyrics that sound a bit dated, but which also have a real appeal to fans of hipper soul jazz, sort of in the mode of work by Billy Gault or Joe Lee Wilson. Players include Chris Anderson on piano and electric piano, Roy Burrowes on trumpet, Wilbur Ware on bass – and vocalists Boo Boo Mark, Donna Jordan, and Terri Plair. Titles include "Me Me", "Ole Funny Columbine", "Mama's Little Boy Thinks He's A Man", "Powerful PaulRobeson", and "It's Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed! Cover has a cutout mark.)
Eric Reed —
Groovewise ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2014. Used ...
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Groovewise, the record's a great one – one of the strongest in years from pianist Eric Reed – who works here in an open-ended live setting with Seamus Blake on tenor! The album's a great example of the way these Smoke Sessions records can really open up the right sort of artist – as Reed reminds us of his ability to soulfully swing and really get down to business – working here with Blake's tenor in these wide waves of sound on the groovers, then laying back into these complex lines in the more gentle passages – both aided nicely by the work of Ben Williams on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums. All tracks are nice and long – and really flow with the kind of magic that Eric brings to his performances in a club – and titles include "Powerful PaulRobeson", "Until The Last Cat Has Swung", "Ornate", "The Gentle Giant", "The Shade Of The Cedar Tree", "Una Mujer Elegante", and "Groovewise". CD