Leon Spencer

Legends Of Acid Jazz (2 LP on 1 CD)

Other Labels: Jazz & Vocals

Leon Spencer (org), Virgil Jones (tp), Grover Washington Jr. (ts), Melvin Sparks (g), Idris Muhammad (d) Buddy Caldwell (perc)

Reference: PRCD-24185

Bar code: 090204543854

This collection showcases Leon Spencer, a Houston native who recorded four Prestige albums in the early '70s. The first six tracks are from Sneak Preview!, the organist's 1970 label debut, the others from its more commercially oriented follow-up, 1971's Louisiana Slim. State-of-the-art soul-jazz personnel includes tart-toned trumpeter Virgil Jones and up-and-coming tenor sax star Grover Washington, Jr. Born on November 1, 1945, Spencer came up on piano, switching to organ when he heard Jimmy Smith in person. He had a unique style: while flashy on top, he leavened it with an unusually authoritative left hand, creating countermelodies in the bass where most organists could only create counterpoint. The standouts here are Spencer's bluesy "The Slide," a juicy take on the Meters' "Message from the Meters," Spencer's ballad "Our Love Will Never Die" (check out Sparks's delightfully florid solo and Washington's sweet flute), and his richly vernacular "Louisiana Slim."


01. The Slide
02. Someday My Prince Will Come
03. Message From The Meters
04. First Gravy
05. 5-10-15-20
06. Sneak Preview
07. Louisiana Slim
08. Mercy Mercy Me
09. Close To You
10. Our Love Will Never Die
11. The Trouble With Love

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