Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim) —
Soweto ... LP Chiaroscuro, Mid 70s. Near Mint- ...
Great 70s work by Dollar Brand! US issue of an album that Brand recorded in South Africa for the Gallo label – featuring players that include Basil Mannenberg Coetzee on tenor, Duku Makasi on tenor, and Dennis Mpale on trumpet. "Soweto" is a long groover that runs for over 15 minutes – slow rhythms dancing with piano as the horns make their way over the top. "African Herbs" is a mellower, but cooler number that has Brand on electric piano and soprano sax – grooving in a slow African mode, but also hitting a bit of a CTI vibe. The album's last cut, "Sathima", is dedicated to Brand's wife – and has some great snakey sax work! LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Bob James —
Two ... CD CTI/Warner, 1975. Used ...
A monster – and quite possibly one of the greatest Fender Rhodes albums of all time! Bob James is really at the height of his powers here – stepping out with a sound that's a lot smoother than some of his earlier work, yet in a groove that's never too slick or too overproduced – as happened with some of his later records on the Tappan Zee imprint. Here, James is still a master of space and sound – using the Fender Rhodes with bell-like tones to craft some key grooves that are still having an amazing impact today, more than 30 years after the album was initially recorded! There's a darkness here that we totally love – and tracks include the legendary "Take Me To The Mardi Gras", which has been sampled by Run DMC and loads of others – plus"The Golden Apple", "I Feel A Song", "You're As Right As Rain", "Farandole", and "Dream Journey". CD