Wild Horses Rock Steady

Wild Horses Rock Steady

by Johnny Hammond
     
 

Johnny Hammond's 1972 soul-jazz beauty is another stunning example of great creativity at Creed Taylor's Kudu label through the mid-'70s. Arranged by Bob James, Hammond's trademark B-3 work is showcased here on six extended cover versions of tunes from the pop vernacular. The lineup includes guitarists George Benson, See more details below

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Johnny Hammond's 1972 soul-jazz beauty is another stunning example of great creativity at Creed Taylor's Kudu label through the mid-'70s. Arranged by Bob James, Hammond's trademark B-3 work is showcased here on six extended cover versions of tunes from the pop vernacular. The lineup includes guitarists George Benson, Eric Gale, and Melvin Sparks, saxophonists Grover Washington, Jr. and Pepper Adams, bassist Ron Carter (playing electric as well as double bass), and drummers Bernard Purdie and Billy Cobham! There are grooves galore in this wondrously mixed set, from the smoking guitar breaks in the read of Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady" to the syncopated organ pyrotechnics in "It's Impossible," with Washington playing his ass off around Hammond's organ breaks, and the beautiful horn arrangements by James in "Peace Train." The funky-butt glimmer in "I Don't Know How to Love Him" could have been played by the Stax/Volt horns with a Funk Brothers rhythm section. James weaves a string section in harmonic counterpoint to Hammond's organ in the melody, creating a moving tapestry of textures against the backbeat. But nothing can prepare the listener for the closing cover of Jagger and Richard's "Wild Horses," with a military snare beat providing an unlikely intro to an "All Along the Watchtower"-like progression that transforms itself seamlessly into a darkly minor reading of the original melody, with beautiful fills by Benson and Sparks. When the horns kick in during the refrain with plenty of fuzz guitar and bass over the top, the listener falls headlong into the magic of dirty groove and roll.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/07/2007
Label:
King Japan
UPC:
4988003335687
catalogNumber:
2226

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Hammond   Primary Artist,Organ,Electric Piano
Johnny "Hammond" Smith   Indexed Contributor,Organ,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano
Pepper Adams   Baritone Saxophone
George Benson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ron Carter   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Bob James   Conductor
Melvin Sparks   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Airto Moreira   Percussion,Conga,Caxixi
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Omar Clay   Percussion
Billy Cobham   Drums
DeRisi   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Eric Gale   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Paul Gershman   Violin
Emanuel Green   Violin
Julius Held   Violin
Harry Katzman   Violin
Joseph Malin   Violin
Bob Mann   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Gene Orloff   Violin
Max Pollikoff   Violin
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Harold Vick   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Grover Washington   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Snooky Young   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Julius Brand   Violin
Max Polikoff   Violin
Joe Malin   Violin

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer
Aretha Franklin   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
Bob James   Arranger
Galt MacDermot   Composer
Armando Manzanero   Composer
Arnaldo DeSouteiro   Liner Notes,Digital Remastering Engineer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Keith Richards   Composer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Tim Rice   Composer
Bob Ciano   Cover Design
Dotty Wayne   Composer

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