Saturday, July 12, 2014

Harold Alexander - Sunshine Man

Year : 1971
Label : Flying Dutchman
Genre : Jazz
Style : Soul Jazz, Hard Bop, Avant Garde, Funk/Soul, Scat

Rare masterpiece by the Jazz flutist Harold 'Jazzbo' Alexander formed in quintet featuring Neal Creque, Bernard Purdie, Richard Landrum & Richard Davis. Harold Alexander has shared stages beside Elvin Jones, Jimmy Davis or Eric Dolphy, was active in the seventies as a session player in group Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers alongside Neal CrequeRichard Landrum, but also was sideman for the organist Big John Patton on UnderstandingBoogaloo (probably recorded during the same session in 1969). He signed for Atlantic Records two others LP during this period : the live performance recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Are You Ready ? and the album, Raw Root. Titles include some scat, flute & saxophone improvisations, his rare groove single, the cult Mama Soul with its b-side Sunshine Man, both in extended version. All tracks composed & arranged by Harold Alexander.

Harold Alexander_flute, soprano saxophone
Neal Creque_electric piano
Richard Davis_bass
Pretty Purdie_drums  
Richard Landrum_congas
01. Sunshine Man
02. Quick City
03. Tite Rope
04. Mama Soul
05. Aquilla
06. Clean-Up

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