Wednesday, 12 May 2010

John Wright ''Mr. Soul''

John Wright

''Mr. Soul''
( LP Prestige Records, 1962 )
Catalog # PRLP 7233

Our Waltz
Blue Prelude
What's New?
Now Hang In There
Everything's Gonna Work Out Fine
Mr. Soul

John Wright (p)
Wendell Marshall (b)
Walter Perkins (d)

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 10, 1962
** Also issued on Fantasy OJC 1876-2
Don Schlitten - Design, Photography
Rudy Van Gelder - Engineer
Tom Wilson - Liner Notes
Phil DeLancie - Remixing
Esmond Edwards - Supervisor

Short Biography:
Chicago pianist; contemporary of John Young and Jodie Christian. Excellent ballad and blues interpreter. Well known in '50s and '60s.
By Michael G. Nastos
(AMG. Copyright © 2010 All Media Guide, LLC. Content provided by All Music Guide ®, a trademark of All Media Guide, LLC. All rights reserved.)

John Wright was one of a great run of soul jazz pianists to come out of Chicago in the 50s and 60s, and this LP is one of his four great recordings for Prestige -- recordings which stand as the bulk of his jazz legacy, even though he continues to still play these days in Chicago! His style is amazing, and is a mix of soul jazz funkiness with some bluesier undertones -- not nearly as cliched as some of his bigger contemporaries at the time, and captured here with some nicely rough bits around the edges. The group here is a trio with the great Walter Perkins on drums and Wendell Marshall on bass -- yet the tunes often have an intensity that has us checking the notes to see if there's not any added players, because the strength of Wright's work on the keys often makes us imagine a larger group! Titles include "Our Waltz", "Everything's Gonna Work Out Fine", "Shake", "Strut", "Mr. Soul", and "Now Hang In There".
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