Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Melvin Sparks ”Spark Plug”

Melvin Sparks

Spark Plug
( LP Prestige Records, 1971 )
Catalog # PR 10016

Who’s Gonna Take The Weight
Reggie Roberts (org) replaces Spencer
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 8, 1971
Sparks Plug
Alone Together
Dig This

Personnel & Notes:
Virgil Jones (tp)
Grover Washington Jr. (ts)
Leon Spencer (org)
Melvin Sparks (g)
Idris Muhammad (d)
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 1, 1971

Sparks used a similar soul-jazz approach as he had on his previous Prestige session (Sparks!), revamping the lineup to put Reggie Roberts on organ and a young Grover Washington, Jr. on tenor sax (Idris Muhammad remained behind the drums). He also introduced some compositions of his own this time around; three of the five numbers are Sparks originals. It's more relaxed, funky, occasionally bluesy jazz with guitar and organ to the fore, very much of a piece with the Prestige soul-jazz "house" sound circa 1970. Pleasant fare, although it does tend to fade into suitable background music instead of attracting attention or intense scrutiny. The entire album is available on the Legends of Acid Jazz reissue, which also includes everything from Sparks!.
By Richie Unterberger (AMG)

By Celo & Pier


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Tarkus said...

Mamma, questo album è uno spettacolo!
Grazie di cuore, non l'avevo mai visto ed è stupendo.

Weekend Hippie said...

Great line-up on this lp!

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