Monday, 2 November 2009

Hank Crawford "South Central"

Hank Crawford

(Milestone Records, 1993)

Personnel :
Hank Crawford, Alto Sax
Melvin Sparks, Guitar
Stan Hope, Piano
Peter Martin Weiss, Bass
Grady Tate, Drums

on "O Holy Night" only :
Hank Crawford, Alto Sax
Melvin Sparks, Guitar
Dr. John, Piano
Gloria Coleman, Organ
Wilbur Bascomb, Bass
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Drums

plus horns :
Howard Johnson, Baritone Sax
Lou Marini, Tenor Sax
Alan Rubin/Lew Soloff, Trumpets

Tracklisting :
01 Falling in Love With Love
02 I Should Care
03 South-Central
04 I Want to Talk About You
05 In a Mellow Tone
06 Conjunction Mars
07 Fool That I Am
08 Splanky
09 O Holy Night [#]

Recorded at Nola Sound Studios, NYC - August 11 and 27, 1992.
"O Holy Night" recorded at Giant Studios, NYC - February 1990.

Review :
All of the songs on this set except for the closing "Holy Night" (which was left over from a 1990 session) are from 1992. Altoist Hank Crawford is heard at his best on the ballads where he really caresses the melodies, giving them a great deal of soul and heartfelt feeling. Joined by guitarist Melvin Sparks, pianist Stan Hope, bassist Peter Martin Weiss and drummer Grady Tate (with an occasional hint of strings), Crawford digs into such songs as "I Should Care," "I Want To Talk About You," and "Fool That I Am," finding time to swing "In A Mellotone" and "Splanky." His alto playing is at its most vocal throughout this passionate yet tasteful set, which will be easily enjoyed by his many fans.
By Scott Yanow [AMG]

By Rob


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flageolette said...

Many thanks!!


JAZZYPIER ♪ said...

Grazie Rob, bellissimo!

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