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Leon Thomas Album
     

Leon Thomas Album

by Leon Thomas
 
On the follow-up to the mind-blowing Spirits Known and Unknown, singer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer Leon Thomas decided to take a different track. Far from the sparely orchestrated ensembles of the previous works, Thomas loaded this set with jazz luminaries such as Roy Haynes and Billy Cobham, Billy Harper, Donald Smith, James Spaulding, Sonny

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On the follow-up to the mind-blowing Spirits Known and Unknown, singer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer Leon Thomas decided to take a different track. Far from the sparely orchestrated ensembles of the previous works, Thomas loaded this set with jazz luminaries such as Roy Haynes and Billy Cobham, Billy Harper, Donald Smith, James Spaulding, Sonny Morgan, Ernie Royal, and many others as well as a backing chorus of female voices. Side one is the up-tempo jazz ride, as Thomas and company rip through a host of his own tunes, such as the scatted post-bop of "I Am" and the nearly bar-walking blues of "Come Along." But the side is graced by an absolutely stunning read of Milt Jackson's "Bag's Groove," with Harper leading a five-horn section. The real gem on the album is "Pharaoh's Tune (The Journey)," which comprises all of side two. After setting up a live audience with a narrative laced with sound effects from the vanguard jazzers, the tune develops its groove about four minutes in and the bells and yodel come out, and from here it's Thomas at his improvisational best as both a singer and a bandleader. Everybody here is inspired, especially the two drummers. Harper, Spaulding, and Smith weave snake-charming lines around one another, and the entire thing just lifts off and never returns. It's a breathtaking ride made all the more so by the long, jazzed-out setup of side one. Why this guy wasn't huge is a mystery.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2013
Label:
Beat Goes Public Bgp
UPC:
0029667527026
catalogNumber:
6752702
Rank:
58051

Tracks

  1. Come Along
  2. I Am
  3. Bag's Groove
  4. Um, Um, Um
  5. Pharoah's Tune (The Journey)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leon Thomas   Primary Artist,Flute,Percussion,Vocals
Billy Harper   Tenor Saxophone
Oliver Nelson   Conductor
Jerome Richardson   Alto Saxophone
James Spaulding   Flute
Howard Johnson   Baritone Saxophone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Billy Cobham   Drums
Bob Cunningham   Bass
Gene Golden   Percussion
Roy Haynes   Drums
Richard Landrum   Percussion
Sonny Morgan   Percussion
Donald Smith   Flute
Arthur Sterling   Piano
John Williams [double bass]   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Oliver Nelson   Arranger

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