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CTI 5127962

Idris Muhammad - drums
Eric Gale, Joe Beck, Will Lee, Wilbur Bascomb - guitar, bass
Leon Pendarvis, Don Grolnick, Roland Hanna - piano
George Young - tenor saxophone
Ronnie Cuber - baritone saxophone
David Sanborn - alto saxophone
George Devens, Idris Muhammad - percussion

plus ensemble and vocalists.

Produced by Creed Taylor
Recorded at Van Gelder Studios 1975

1. The House Of The Rising Sun
2. Baia ( Boogie Bump )
3. Hard To Face The Music
4. Theme For New York City
5. Sudan
6. Hey Pock A-Way
7. Pipe Stem
8. I Know You Don't Want Me No More

This is yet another fine disc in the latest batch of Creed Taylor productions to once again see the light of day. Like so many of the others it comes from a time when Jazz was becoming a little more pop influenced - in the sense of soul type rhythms and horn riffs. This particular session has some particularly fine backing vocals reminiscent of those found on the Stax label. For all of these more commercial aspects the music herein is always tasteful and great for either listening or dancing to.

Idris Muhammad is one of Jazz's ubiquitous percussionists, equally at home here or with more avant-garde musicians such as David Murray. The recordings under his own name are always a joy particularly in their diversity of style and influence. Muhammad seems to have technique in abundance but never allows it to interfere with his artistic integrity.

The other players here are all from the top drawer and there are many excellent soloists on display. No credit is given for the particularly fine trombone work but I assume it to be Fred Wesley who is listed amongst the personnel of the ensemble. Sanborn has some good passages and there is much fine guitar playing on display. The material is a good mixture of the original and the popular and the whole project is well worth the remarkably low purchase price.

Dick Stafford


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