Wildflower

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Hank Crawford's '60s sides for Atlantic rightfully established him among the preeminent soul-jazz saxophonists. For pure phrasing and feel, Crawford was in a class by himself. When Creed Taylor kicked off CTI in 1970, he brought Crawford on board immediately. This date from 1973 -- one of eight cut between 1971 and 1978 -- is Crawford's strongest for the label and one of the better records of his career, though jazz purists would never agree. Produced and arranged by Bob James with a smoking cast that includes Joe Beck, Idris Muhammad, Richard Tee, and Bob Cranshaw, as well as a brass section of crack New York studio cats, Wildflower is the album Crawford had been trying to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Hank Crawford's '60s sides for Atlantic rightfully established him among the preeminent soul-jazz saxophonists. For pure phrasing and feel, Crawford was in a class by himself. When Creed Taylor kicked off CTI in 1970, he brought Crawford on board immediately. This date from 1973 -- one of eight cut between 1971 and 1978 -- is Crawford's strongest for the label and one of the better records of his career, though jazz purists would never agree. Produced and arranged by Bob James with a smoking cast that includes Joe Beck, Idris Muhammad, Richard Tee, and Bob Cranshaw, as well as a brass section of crack New York studio cats, Wildflower is the album Crawford had been trying to make since 1971. Recorded in two days, the band provides a slick, right, colorful platform for Crawford's melodic improvisation that is rooted in the art of the phrase. One long note held on "Mr. Blues" or a series of carefully articulated verbal feelings, such as on "Corazon," may not step out of the groove, but make it both a deeper blue and as wide as the human heart's complexity. On the title cut, with a vocal chorus in the background, Crawford turns a pop melody into a torrent of raw emotionalism and savvy groove-conscious glory. James' charts are big but never obtrusive; they point in one direction only, to bring that huge soul sound out of Crawford's alto -- check out the way the melody line breaks down into the solo in Stevie Wonder's "You've Got It Bad Girl," or the backbeat arpeggio exercises in "Good Morning Heartache." This record is so hot the only soul-jazz it can be compared to in both its contemporary form and funky feel are Grover Washington's Feels So Good and Mister Magic issues. In other words, Crawford's Wildflower is indispensable as a shining example of '70s groove jazz at its best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2007
  • Label: King Japan
  • EAN: 4988003335618
  • Catalog Number: 2219
  • Sales rank: 389,916

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Corazon (6:03)
  2. 2 Wildflower (3:57)
  3. 3 Mr. Blues (6:07)
  4. 4 You've Got It Bad Girl (9:37)
  5. 5 Good Morning Heartache (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hank Crawford Primary Artist, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Joe Beck Guitar
Bob James Conductor
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
David Friedman Percussion
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Bob Cranshaw Bass
Wayne Andre Trombone
Rubens Bassini Percussion
James Buffington Horn, French Horn
George Devens Percussion
Paul Faulise Trombone
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Hilda Harris Vocals, Background Vocals
Idris Muhammad Drums
Arthur Jenkins Percussion
Phil Kraus Percussion
Randy Peyton Quartet Vocals, Background Vocals
Alan Rubin Trumpet
Maretha Stewart Vocals, Background Vocals
Tony Studd Trombone, Bass Trombone
Richard Tee Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Brooks Tillotson Horn, French Horn
Bill Eaton Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob James Arranger
Didier C. Deutsch Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Ervin Drake Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Creed Taylor Producer
Dan Fisher Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Stacey Boyle Tape Research
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