I Hear a Symphony

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Hank Crawford's June 1975 date was an attempt to swing for the same fences that cats like Grover Washington had sailed over the year before with "Mister Magic" and had crossed again a month before with "Feels So Good." Creed Taylor and his Kudu label scored big with Washington in what was the real precursor to smooth jazz. Crawford's "I Hear a Symphony" listed among its cast of players Richard Tee, Don Grolnick, Steve Khan, Bernard Purdie, Steve Gadd, vocalists Patti Austin and Frank Floyd, and guitarist Eric Gale, among others. Crawford ever the Memphis groover, brought his own set of soul vibes to the date and fused them willingly with Taylor's penchant for the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Hank Crawford's June 1975 date was an attempt to swing for the same fences that cats like Grover Washington had sailed over the year before with "Mister Magic" and had crossed again a month before with "Feels So Good." Creed Taylor and his Kudu label scored big with Washington in what was the real precursor to smooth jazz. Crawford's "I Hear a Symphony" listed among its cast of players Richard Tee, Don Grolnick, Steve Khan, Bernard Purdie, Steve Gadd, vocalists Patti Austin and Frank Floyd, and guitarist Eric Gale, among others. Crawford ever the Memphis groover, brought his own set of soul vibes to the date and fused them willingly with Taylor's penchant for the chart-emergent disco of the day. With arrangements by David Matthews, this set is a cooker. Certainly the production is a bit dated, but the funky-butt moves in Crawford's soulful playing and the tough riffing of Gale more than transcend it. With a selection of cuts that include an Austin-fronted realization of the Motown classic title track by Holland and Dozier, to a pair of solid jazz funk tunes by Matthews in "Madison Spirit the Power" and "Hang on the Ceiling," to the shimmering cool shimmying version of the "The Stripper," this is a good vibe set. But it is on Crawford's "Sugar Free" where things really heat up. Crawford's take on funk was different than his producer's. This is greasy four to the floor strutting and flexing. This track could have been in any blaxploitation flick and could have pumped up any discotheque sound system. The horn charts are big and tight, and Crawford and Gale trading eights send it over. This is blowing. The sexier ballad and mid-tempo tracks all seem to have come more from the Crawford book, too, such as Jerry Ragovoy's "I'll Move You No Mountain," and Bobby Eli's "Love Won't Let Me Wait." There's plenty of meat in their silvery grooves. The set closes with a tight instrumental read of the Minnie Riperton/Leon Ware classic "Baby, This Love I Have." It's in the pocket, evolves at an unhurried pace, and croons through the tune with a chunky backbeat and popping bassline. Crawford's solo literally sings here. In all, a different, way commercial, but very satisfying session that should have done better and would have if Washington's "Feels So Good" hadn't been burning up the charts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2007
  • Label: King Japan
  • EAN: 4988003335601
  • Catalog Number: 2218

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hank Crawford Primary Artist, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Patti Austin Vocals
Jon Faddis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ralph MacDonald Percussion, Conga
David Taylor Bass Trombone
David Nadien Violin
David Matthews Conductor
Seymour Barab Cello
Harry Cykman Violin
Lewis Eley Violin
Max Ellen Violin
Paul Faulise Bass, Trombone
John Frosk Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Steve Gadd Drums
Eric Gale Guitar, Electric Guitar
Paul Gershman Violin
Emanuel Green Violin
Hilda Harris Vocals, Background Vocals
Idris Muhammad Percussion, Tambourine, Shaker
Gary King Bass, Electric Bass
Harold Kohon Violin
Charles Libove Violin
Joseph Malin Violin
Charles McCracken Cello
Deborah McDuffie Vocals
Bob Milikan Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Robert Millikan Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Leon Pendarvis Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar
John Pintavalle Violin
Raoul Poliakin Violin
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Barry Rogers Trombone
Alan Rubin Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Alan Shulman Cello
Richard Sortomme Violin
Maretha Stewart Vocals
Tony Studd Bass Trombone
Dave Taylor Bass
Richard Tee Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Fred Wesley Trombone, Bass Trombone
Max Polikoff Violin
Frank Floyd Vocals
Alan Schulman Cello
Lewis Elley Violin
Richard Sorthomme Violin
Maeretha Stewart Background Vocals
Joe Malin Violin
Debbie McDuffie Background Vocals
John Pintabille Violin
Technical Credits
David Matthews Arranger, Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Brian Holland Composer
Jerry Ragovoy Composer
David Rose Composer
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Creed Taylor Original Album Producer
Susumu Morikawa Reissue Producer
Douglas Payne Liner Notes
Aaron Scroeder Composer
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