Friday, 4 September 2009

Reuben Wilson ''The Sweet Life''

Reuben Wilson

''The Sweet Life''
( LP Groove Merchant Records, 1974 )
Catalog # GM 511

A1 Inner City Blues (4:45)
A2 Creampuff (5:30)
A3 Sugar (6:09)
B1 I'll Take You There (6:25)
B2 The Sweet Life (6:11)
B3 Never Can Say Goodbye (4:15)

Personnel & Credits:
Bass - Mickey Bass
Drums - Thomas Derrick
Guitar - Lloyd Davis
Organ - Reuben Wilson
Producer - Sonny Lester
Saxophone [Tenor] - Ramon Morris
Trumpet - Bill Hardman

Format:Vinyl, LP

After a series of sugary soul-jazz dates for Blue Note, Reuben Wilson resurfaced on Groove Merchant with The Sweet Life. The title notwithstanding, the session is his darkest and hardest-edged to date, complete with a physicality missing from previous efforts. Credit tenor saxophonist Ramon Morris, trumpeter Bill Hardman, guitarist Lloyd Davis, bassist Mickey Bass, and drummer Thomas Derrick, whose skin-tight grooves sand away the polished contours of Wilson's organ solos to reveal their diamond-sharp corners. The material, while predictable (i.e., standbys like "Inner City Blues" and "Never Can Say Goodbye"), is nevertheless well suited to the set's righteous funk sound.
By Jason Ankeny (AMG)

By Pier

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