An odd combination – but two very nice albums! Black Woman is one of the best-ever (or perhaps the best) Sonny Sharrock albums, and probably the toughest to find. Recorded in New York, with Dave Burrell on piano, Milford Graves on drums, and wife Linda on voice. The tracks are nice and moody, without the craziness that sometimes bogs down his later work. Linda doesn't get in the way too much, either, and her voice is a perfect accompaniment to the dark sound of the session. Side one features the tracks "Black Woman" and "Peanut", and side two has the band joined by Teddy Daniel on trumpet, and playing the tracks "Bialero", "Blind Willy", and "Portrait Of Linda In Three Colors, All Black". The Freedom Sounds were a side-project of funky trombonist Wayne Henderson – who was in the Jazz Crusaders at the time – and their LP is a nice, bouncy assortment of funky covers of sixties soul material, plus a few strong Henderson originals, wrapped up with the same rolling groove you might expect from the Jazz Crusaders. Really strident, with Henderson's trombone way in front and goofing around, almost like Fred Wesley. With the tracks "Cucamonga", "Orbital Velocity
", and "Cathy The Cooker".
(Out of print.)