Friday, 28 August 2009

Roy Porter Sound Machine ”Jessica”

Roy Porter Sound Machine

( LP Vistone Records, 1971 )
Catalog # VIS-652-1
(Also on Chelan Rec., 1971 )

A1 Jessica (7:40)
Written-By – R. Porter
A2 Funky Twitch (4:42)
Written-By – T. Moore Jr.
A3 Hip City (4:47)
Written-By – J.H. Fulks
A4 Hense-Forth (6:29)
Written-By – H. Powell
B1 Drums For Daryl (8:15)
Written-By – R. Porter
B2 Wow (7:30)
Written-By – R. Porter
B3 Ooh-La-La (3:30)
Written-By – B. Davis, R. Porter

Personnel & Credits:
Bass [Fender] – Charles Jones
Congas – Oscar Dye
Guitar – Jimmy Holloway , Leslie Hargrove
Keyboards [Electric Piano], Saxophone [Alto] – Tollie Moore
Organ – Bob Davis
Producer – R. A. “Bumps” Blackwell, Roy Porter
Recorded By – Al Nicholas
Remix – Buddy Brundo
Saxophone [Alto] – Sone’ Campbell
Saxophone [Tenor], Flute – Jack H. Fulks
Trombone – Lester Robertson
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Hense Powell , James Smith

Mfg. by Chelan Record Co.
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country: US
Released: 1971

Two decades after drug addiction effectively derailed bop drummer Roy Porter’s once-promising career, legendary L.A. producer Bumps Blackwell suggested he announce his return to active duty with a private-press session spotlighting his current musical direction. Had the resulting Jessica received anything resembling a wide release, it may well have been hailed as a classic. A deeply idiosyncratic yet potently soulful jazz-funk mindfuck that draws liberally and equally from Motown, boogaloo and the avant-garde, it effectively translates the experimental big-band sensibilities of Porter’s famed 1949 orchestra into the post-Coltrane lexicon, even resurrecting alumni including saxophonist Jack Fulks, pianist Tollie Moore and trumpeter Hense Powell to further underscore the connection between past and present. The essence of Porter’s approach lies in his juxtaposition of driving, dynamic rhythms and sleepytime horn arrangements, creating a strange yet intoxicating sound that forges monster grooves despite its adherence to odd phrasings and left-field tempo changes. Long traded for obscene sums on the secondary market, Jessica was finally reissued in late 2006.
By Jason Ankeny (AMG)

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