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Straight to the Soul

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
One of Howard Prince's strong points is his flexibility; the trombonist has thrived in avant-garde settings, but he's also at home playing inside on a hard bop or post-bop gig. Although Prince sticks to post-bop on the pianoless Straight to the Soul, he doesn't limit himself to any one type of post-bop. "Lyd" and "Hardcore" show how intellectual and unsentimental he can be -- these are the type of ultra-cerebral, angular, difficult tunes that scare pop, rock, and R&B fans away from jazz but are enjoyable if you comprehend them and have developed a taste for the abstract. However, some of the material is much more accessible, especially the gentle "I Heard Your ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
One of Howard Prince's strong points is his flexibility; the trombonist has thrived in avant-garde settings, but he's also at home playing inside on a hard bop or post-bop gig. Although Prince sticks to post-bop on the pianoless Straight to the Soul, he doesn't limit himself to any one type of post-bop. "Lyd" and "Hardcore" show how intellectual and unsentimental he can be -- these are the type of ultra-cerebral, angular, difficult tunes that scare pop, rock, and R&B fans away from jazz but are enjoyable if you comprehend them and have developed a taste for the abstract. However, some of the material is much more accessible, especially the gentle "I Heard Your Voice," the pensive "Letter to a Poet," and the funky "Gracie Square Blues." Prince is joined by different combinations of players, who range from trumpeter Claudio Roditi and percussionist Cyro Baptista to saxman Donald Harrison and drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith. Whether he was being lyrical or angular, this decent outing made it clear that Prince wasn't someone you could confine to any one approach.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/1994
  • Label: Accurate Records
  • UPC: 743431500229
  • Catalog Number: 5002
  • Sales rank: 293,720

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lyd (5:11)
  2. 2 Undercover (5:12)
  3. 3 A Song for Mary (4:18)
  4. 4 Bad Attitude (7:38)
  5. 5 Hardcore (7:07)
  6. 6 Letter to a Poet (6:53)
  7. 7 Over Easy (4:37)
  8. 8 Periwinkle (6:49)
  9. 9 Gracie Square Blues (5:44)
  10. 10 I Hear Your Voice (5:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Howard Prince Primary Artist, Trombone
Marvin "Smitty" Smith Drums
David Moreno Guitar
Cyro Baptista Percussion
Keith Copeland Drums
Donald Harrison Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Will Lee Bass
Claudio Roditi Trumpet
Joel Rosenblatt Drums
Bryce Sebastien Bass
Chris Hajian Synthesizer, Hammond Organ
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Composer
David Moreno Cover Art
Mark Avnet Digital Editing
Donald "Duck" Dunn Composer
Rosie Gaines Composer
Paul Jacobs Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer
Aaron Kropf Producer, Engineer
Al Jackson Jr. Composer
Arnold Jay Smith Liner Notes
Ed Douglass Engineer
Chris Hajian Producer
Sarah Durkee Composer
Ed Douglass Engineer
Frances Jules Composer
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