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Anthology
     

The Anthology

by Leon Thomas
 
The British label Passion Jazz has brought out an anthology covering nearly the full spectrum of work by American jazz vocalist Leon Thomas -- and what a body of work it is. In his prime (roughly 1969-1973), Leon Thomas collaborated with artists ranging from Pharoah Sanders to

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The British label Passion Jazz has brought out an anthology covering nearly the full spectrum of work by American jazz vocalist Leon Thomas -- and what a body of work it is. In his prime (roughly 1969-1973), Leon Thomas collaborated with artists ranging from Pharoah Sanders to Santana to Oliver Nelson, producing such fearlessly adventurous songs as "The Creator Has a Master Plan," "Shape Your Mind to Die," and "Balance of Life," as well as superlative covers of "CC Rider," "Bag's Groove," and Horace Silver's "Song for My Father," all included here. Leon Thomas's stylistic trademarks were a deep-throated yodel and a rich baritone; but what made him extraordinary was the warmth and humor with which he infused even the most uncompromising music. Such a life-affirming nature, coupled with such virtuosity, make Leon Thomas an artist well-worth exploring. With most of his catalogue long out of print, there is no better place to start than this Anthology.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2005
Label:
Soul Bros Pure Jazz
UPC:
5013993670124
catalogNumber:
1

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leon Thomas   Primary Artist,Percussion,Maracas,Vocals
Larry Coryell   Electric Guitar
Richard Davis   Bass,Electric Bass
Ray Drummond   Bass
Sonny Fortune   Alto Saxophone
Billy Harper   Tenor Saxophone
Billy Hart   Drums
Louis Hayes   Drums
Cecil McBee   Bass
Jimmy Owens   Trumpet
Jerome Richardson   Alto Saxophone
Sonny Sharrock   Guitar
Lonnie Liston Smith   Piano
James Spaulding   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Frank Strozier   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Pee Wee Ellis   Marimbas,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Nat Bettis   Percussion
Chief Bey   African Drums
Billy Cobham   Drums
Neal Creque   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
Lloyd Davis   Electric Guitar
Cornell Dupree   Electric Guitar
Gordon Edwards   Electric Bass
Joe Farrell   Flute
Carl Hall   Vocals
Hilda Harris   Vocals
Roy Haynes   Drums
Idris Muhammad   Drums
Richard Landrum   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Sonny Morgan   Percussion,Bongos,Oboe,Berimbau
Portinho   Percussion
Albertine Robinson   Vocals
Titos Sompa   Conga
Arthur Sterling   Piano
Tony Wylie   Percussion
John Williams & the Tick Tocks   Electric Bass
Howard Glover "Johnny" Johnson   Tuba,Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Michael Shrieve   Composer
Milt Jackson   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Leon Thomas   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Neal Creque   Composer
Freddie Hubbard   Composer
Clifford Jordan   Producer
Pharoah Sanders   Composer
Norman Schwartz   Producer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Traditional   Composer
John Ellington Blair   Contributor

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