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The Creator 1969-1973: The Best of the Flying Dutchman Masters

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Leon Thomas was equally at home singing R&B, hard bop, swing, blues, avant jazz, and soul. He worked with everyone from Art Blakey and Count Basie to Roland Kirk, Pharoah Sanders, and Santana. Though he recorded and performed infrequently after the 1970s, his emotive phrasing, disciplined yodeling, and brave improvising influenced numerous vocalists who came later. Dean Rudland and Beat Goes Public Records have assembled 15 cuts from the records Thomas cut for Bob Thiele's first label after he left Impulse! They are not sequenced chronologically, but aesthetically. While "The Creator Has a Master Plan" is the best-known title here, Thomas' readings of "straight" jazz ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Leon Thomas was equally at home singing R&B, hard bop, swing, blues, avant jazz, and soul. He worked with everyone from Art Blakey and Count Basie to Roland Kirk, Pharoah Sanders, and Santana. Though he recorded and performed infrequently after the 1970s, his emotive phrasing, disciplined yodeling, and brave improvising influenced numerous vocalists who came later. Dean Rudland and Beat Goes Public Records have assembled 15 cuts from the records Thomas cut for Bob Thiele's first label after he left Impulse! They are not sequenced chronologically, but aesthetically. While "The Creator Has a Master Plan" is the best-known title here, Thomas' readings of "straight" jazz material such as Milt Jackson's "Bags' Groove," from 1971's Leon Thomas Album, or "Welcome to New York," from his appearance on Johnny Hodges' Three Shades of Blue (with Oliver Nelson) in 1970, also rate highly. "China Doll" melds spiritual jazz, blues, soul, and street swagger. "Shape Your Mind to Die" is an otherworldly modal vocal performance; it also features the most snaky, outside soprano playing of Pee Wee Ellis' career. It, along with the soaring "Come Along" (featuring Neal Creque and Billy Cobham), the funky "Let's Go Down to Lucy's," and "Love Each Other" are all included here from 1972's stellar Blues and the Soulful Truth. Thomas' reading of Santana's "Just in Time to See the Sun" is another standout as drummer Pretty Purdie, guitarist Joe Beck, and bassist Richard Davis lock in some deep funky grooves behind him. A previously unreleased version of "Um Um Um," from the concert that gave us Leon Thomas in Berlin in 1971, is a rare treat before the sprawling improvisation in the Afro-Latin jazz closer "Umbo Weti" from the same gig carries it out. For anyone who hasn't heard Thomas, doesn't own his records, or does and merely wants a killer representative collection, The Creator is it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2013
  • Label: Beat Goes Public Bgp
  • UPC: 029667525725
  • Catalog Number: 6752572
  • Sales rank: 89,656

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leon Thomas Primary Artist
Joe Beck Electric Guitar
Ron Carter Bass
Richard Davis Bass, Electric Bass
Al Grey Trombone
Billy Harper Tenor Saxophone
Earl Hines Piano
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Hank Jones Piano
Cecil McBee Bass
Oliver Nelson Conductor, Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Owens Trumpet
Jerome Richardson Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Lonnie Liston Smith Piano
James Spaulding Flute, Alto Saxophone
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Grady Tate Drums
Lani Hall Background Vocals
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Tasha Thomas Background Vocals
Bob Ashton Saxophone
Danny Bank Saxophone
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Garnett Brown Trombone
Billy Cobham Drums
Neal Creque Electric Piano
Bob Cunningham Bass
Lloyd Davis Electric Bass, Electric Guitar
Cornell Dupree Electric Bass, Electric Guitar
John Eckert Trombone
Gordon Edwards Bass
Joe Farrell Flute, Saxophone
Baba Feme Percussion
Gene Golden Percussion
Dick Griffin Trumpet
Carl Hall Background Vocals
Hilda Harris Background Vocals
Roy Haynes Drums
Lex Humphries Drums
Jesse Kilpatrick Drums
Richard Landrum Percussion
Gunter Lenz Bass
Herb Lovelle Drums
Thomas Mitchell Trombone
Sonny Morgan Percussion
Albertine Robinson Background Vocals
Pharoah Sanders Tenor Saxophone
Donald Smith Flute
David Spinozza Guitar
Arthur Sterling Flute, Piano
Frank Wess Saxophone
John Williams Guitar
Snooky Young Trumpet
Howard Johnson Bass
Jerry Dodgion Saxophone
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis Marimbas, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Purdie Drums
Donald Pate Bass
Technical Credits
Michael Shrieve Composer
Milt Jackson Composer
Oliver Nelson Arranger
Leon Thomas Composer
Aaron Bell Composer
Gregg Rolie Composer
Neal Creque Composer
Jesse Kilpatrick Composer
Glenn Osser Arranger
Nick Robbins Mastering
Pharoah Sanders Composer
Bob Thiele Producer
Chuck Stewart Illustrations
Dean Rudland Liner Notes
Carlos Santana Composer
Alfred Ellis Composer
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis Arranger
Carla Huston Composer
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