This inspired and talented group under the leadership of altoist/arranger Hank Crawford, is the Ray Charles band, minus Ray. But it is also a striking unit in its own right. The big-little-band sound on these two exciting albums, "More Soul" and "The Soul Clinic," is compellingly arranged and orchestrated, equally arresting on incendiary, swinging up-tempo performances as it is on blues-drenched ballads. And it provides a frame for notably lyrical and melodic soloists.
The result is a joyous blend combining order and vitality in equal measure. Crawfordwho also plays piano, when it is heardis revealed as a moving and beautifully singing post-Bird alto player whose highly vocalized horn displays an instinctive understanding of structure and the tension-release qualities of good jazz.
And, while bearing a relationship to what became known as "Soul" music, it is also a reaffirmation of the validity of the original concept of that feeling. Remarkably, given the way that jazz and blues suffused its DNA, the unique voice of this gripping Ray Charles smallband operated only in concert or dance halls, outside the jazz club circuit.
01. Boo's Tune (Moody) 6:38
02. Angel Eyes (Dennis-Brent) 6:31
03. Four-Five-Six (Crawford) 5:06
04. The Story (Moody) 4:40
05. Dat Dere (Timmons-Brown) 4:50
06. Misty (Garner-Burke) 5:30
07. Sister Sadie (Silver) 4:36
08. Please Send Me Someone to Love (Percy Mayfield) 3:29
09. Easy Living (Robin-Rainger) 5:27
10. Playmates (Crawford) 4:20
11. What a Difference a Day Made (Grever-Adams) 5:29
12. Me and My Baby (Silver) 4:19
13. Lorelei's Lament (Crawford) 5:35
14. Blue Stone (Crawford) 6:03
Tracks #1-7, from the album "More Soul" (Atlantic SD 1356)
Tracks #8-14, from the album "The Soul Clinic" (Atlantic SD 1372)
Personnel on "More Soul":
Phil Guilbeau (tp); John Hunt (tp, flgh); Hank Crawford (as, p, arranger except #4); David 'Fathead' Newman (ts); Leroy 'Hog' Cooper (bs); Edgar Willis (b); Milt Turner (d). Ray Charles (arranger #4).
Recorded in New York City, on October 7, 1960
Personnel on "The Soul Clinic":
Phil Guilbeau (tp, soloist on #11); John Hunt (tp, flh); Hank Crawford (as, p on #8, arranger); David 'Fathead' Newman (ts); Leroy 'Hog' Cooper (bs); Edgar Willis (b); Bruno Carr (d) or Milt Turner (only on #11).
Recorded in New York City, October 7, 1960 (#11), February 24 (#8,9,12) and May 2 (#10,13,14), 1961
Original recordings supervised by Nesuhi Ertegun.
Recordings engineers: Town Dowd, Phil Iehle, Bob
Arnold & George Engfer.
This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered