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All Music Guide - Peter Nappi
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Peter Nappi
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • Label: Soul Bros Pure Jazz
  • EAN: 5013993670124
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 176,995

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
Pee Wee Ellis Contributor
Neal Creque Composer
Freddie Hubbard Composer
Clifford Jordan Producer
Pharoah Sanders Composer
Norman Schwartz Producer
Bob Thiele Producer
L. Thomas Composer
Traditional Composer
John Ellington Blair Contributor
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