Straight to the Soul

Straight to the Soul

by Howard Prince
     
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/1994
Label:
Accurate Records
UPC:
0743431500229
catalogNumber:
5002

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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
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Composer
Rosie Gaines   Composer
Paul Jacobs   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Aaron Kropf   Producer,Engineer
Al Jackson   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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