One Who Sees All Things

One Who Sees All Things

by Harry Whitaker
     
 

Since its inception, Smalls has been a record label that has focused on overlooked artists, recording them live or in the studio. But this date by pianist/composer Harry Whitaker proves to be the exception, as it was recorded between 1981 and 1982, but never released. Unfortunately, it is very inconsistent, blending elements of fusion…  See more details below

Overview

Since its inception, Smalls has been a record label that has focused on overlooked artists, recording them live or in the studio. But this date by pianist/composer Harry Whitaker proves to be the exception, as it was recorded between 1981 and 1982, but never released. Unfortunately, it is very inconsistent, blending elements of fusion beginning with the draggy "One Who Sees All Things" that is hampered by Sybil Thomas' wailing vocals, unimpressive lyrics, and an arrangement that never seems to gain steam. The two-part "Fire Sign" (though both parts are quite alike, like two versions of the same song) is a percolating post-bop vehicle with tenorist Rene McLean and trumpeter Terumasa Hino in the front line. But "Grey Wolf," with the addition of a noodling synthesizer and a monotonous uptempo electric bass vamp, signals a return to dated sounds. Leon Russell's pop ballad is transformed with an unusual, electrifying arrangement, incorporating a good bit of dissonance and a fine solo by McLean. The CD wraps with the free-form two-part "The Afterlife," blending funk and spacy sounds, another work that hasn't aged well. While there are some strong moments within this release, as a whole, it is doesn't stand up to typical Smalls releases.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
Label:
Smalls Records
UPC:
0823511003526
catalogNumber:
35

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry Whitaker   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano
Gary Bartz   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Billy Hart   Drums
Terumasa Hino   Trumpet
Rene McLean   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Grossman   Saxophone
Errol Crusher Bennett   Percussion
Motohiko Hino   Drums
Yvonne Lewis   Vocals,Voices
Andy McCloud   Bass
Billy Patterson   Electric Guitar
Sybil Thomas   Voices
Buddy Williams   Drums
Paula Bing   Flute
Colette Michaan   Alto Flute
Luke Kaven   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Electric Piano
Paula Bling   Alto Flute

Technical Credits

Leon Russell   Composer
Harry Whitaker   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Luke Kaven   Producer,Liner Notes

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