Soul Manifesto

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Guitarist Rodney Jones couldn’t have picked a funkier -- or more sophisticated -- crew to jam with than the players on the aptly titled Soul Manifesto. Much like Jones himself, alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, drummer Idris Muhammad, and bassist Lonnie Plaxico are first-rate jazz players who also like to stretch out and groove. The results are serious fun, with all involved sounding not as if they were slumming but as though they were exercising parts of their musical personality that they longed to stretch. Add saxophonist Maceo Parker, a paragon of R&B horn playing who also dips his hand in jazz, and you have a project that always keeps ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Guitarist Rodney Jones couldn’t have picked a funkier -- or more sophisticated -- crew to jam with than the players on the aptly titled Soul Manifesto. Much like Jones himself, alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, drummer Idris Muhammad, and bassist Lonnie Plaxico are first-rate jazz players who also like to stretch out and groove. The results are serious fun, with all involved sounding not as if they were slumming but as though they were exercising parts of their musical personality that they longed to stretch. Add saxophonist Maceo Parker, a paragon of R&B horn playing who also dips his hand in jazz, and you have a project that always keeps the beat flowing yet never skimps on the ace solos. The material concentrates on lean yet textured funk and dips into classics now and then, including “Soul Makossa” and two effective ballads, Bill Withers’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” and John Coltrane’s “Soul Eyes.”
All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Soul Manifesto is a sharp departure from the advanced post-bop of Jones' previous Blue Note outing, The Undiscovered Few. Embracing his early funk and soul-jazz roots, Jones keeps it simple and relentlessly groovy this time, bringing on board organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, bassist Lonnie Plaxico playing electric throughout, drummer Idris Muhammad, and, for the first time together, alto saxophonists Arthur Blythe and Maceo Parker. Jones leans on extended one-chord vamps for "Groove Bone" and "Soul Manifesto," giving the assembled players time to establish a deep funk pocket. "One Turnip Green" and "Soup Bone" are swinging takes on rhythm changes and the blues, respectively; the latter finds Smith unleashing his full artillery on organ. Covers include Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," Mal Waldron's classic ballad "Soul Eyes," and the instantly recognizable "Soul Makossa." Overall, despite the big names and the strong playing, the concept is better than execution. Monotony sets in a few too many times.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2001
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724353049928
  • Catalog Number: 30499

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rodney Jones Primary Artist, Guitar
Arthur Blythe Alto Saxophone
Lonnie Plaxico Bass, Electric Bass
Lonnie Liston Smith Organ
Maceo Parker Alto Saxophone
Idris Muhammad Drums
Technical Credits
Rodney Jones Liner Notes
Peter Darmi Engineer
Michael O. Drexler Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Grooves and Great Vibes

    I recently heard some tracks from this album on the radio here in NYC. I liked it so much, I picked up CD as soon as it came out. There are some great tracks on this release and some smooth grooves that just make you feel good. The organ player is so cool, he seems to make everything feel so nice. I recommend this album to anyone who likes a little groove with their jazz.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soul Manifesto - Best Jazz CD of 2001

    Hey - I heard an advance cd of Soul Manifesto and had to write in and say that it is amazing! I can taste the BBQ sauce. I love James Brown, Soulive and MMW and this music rocks as good as any of those cds. I think my man at all music guide does not have a clue. Maybe he has spent to much time in front of a computer instead of at the clubs. Soul Manifesto is the ''Bomb''. If you love the groove, check it out. Aldso check out Soulive's new cd. Slammin'! DoctorJazz

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