Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Cecil McBee's funky bassline sounds the first telling notes on this reissue of Roy Brooks's best-ever LP. Hugh Lawson's jaunty piano eggs on McBee, deeply in the groove. Brooks is next into the mix, spraying a light patter... more »
Cecil McBee's funky bassline sounds the first telling notes on this reissue of Roy Brooks's best-ever LP. Hugh Lawson's jaunty piano eggs on McBee, deeply in the groove. Brooks is next into the mix, spraying a light patter of percussion then stomping on the beat as Woody Shaw's trumpet and George Coleman's tenor duke it out. In the background, a very lucky audience hoots in anticipation--exhorting Brooks to "Do your thang, man!" Brooks and Co. don't need much encouragement. On Free Slave, their "thang" is a rousing combination of everywhere-at-once playing: funky rhythms and hard bop all underscored with a chilly blue current of jazz hipsterism. An absolutely ripping reissue of a 1970 classic. --Steve Duda
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Lionel O. Greene | Oakland, California United States | 01/12/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While top billing goes to the drummer, this CD could have been posted under the name of any of the participating musicians. The bass line alone could probably make it as a solo release. Hugh Lawson's piano work completes the triad of a more then capable rhythm section. Roy's patterns on the drums force the capable duo of Woody Shaw and George Coleman to bring to the front their arsenal of musical talents, their individual solos being unique but still reflecting a commonality of thought and approach to the rhythmn and melody of each tune. "Five for Max" is the marque piece of this work, but all four cuts are equally professional in their composition and presentation. While the recording sounds slightly "tinny" in the high registers (both on the LP and CD, probably due to the recording being live), this has not impeded the listening enjoyment I've derived from this work over the years."
S. Hawkins | New York, NY | 02/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's incredibly depressing that this is the only Roy Brooks CD that's widely available (a duet album exists, but is quite rare).Within 15 seconds of this CD, you find out exactly why. The title track is an incredibly funky workout, with especially brilliant bass work by Cecil McBee.However, the entire group is spectacular. This recording introduces us to some spectacular musicians - for me, it was my first glimpse into the playing of Woody Shaw.... Highly recommended."
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Mitch Bernstein | New York, NY United States | 06/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the best albums I've picked up all year!This is album has outrageous amounts of energy in every solo, with four catchy tunes. If you're looking for some fairly funky music, this is it...not just riffing on the same stuff, but quality playing.And for $8, it's a steal"