12.03.2009 г.

Charles Williams - 1972 - Stickball

Charles Williams - Stickball

Charles Williams (alto sax)
Chris Woods (alto sax, baritone sax)
David "Bubba" Brooks (tenor sax)
Frank Wess (tenor sax, flute)
Don Pullen (organ)
Clyde Lucas (drums)
Cornell Dupree (guitar)
David Spinozza (guitar)
Gordon Edwards (bass guitar)
Paul Griffin (electric piano)
Randy Brecker (flugelhorn)
Ray Barretto (congas)
David Carey (congas & marimbas)
and a 16-headedstring section, conducted by Ernie Wilkins

Recorded in NY 1972
LP: Mainstream 381
CD: Mainstream PCD 23934

Full-on funky backings for saxophonist Charles Williams -- a set that almost has him in the same territory as Stanley Turrentine during his late 70s years on Fantasy Records, or Hank Crawford over at Kudu! The style here is a bit more lush than some of the other Mainstream Records dates of the time -- full backings arranged and conducted by Ernie Wilkins -- always plenty darn soulful, and built around a mix of strings and jazzier instrumentation -- set up with the care and precision of a hip soul soundtrack, and topped by well-crafted alto sax solos by Williams.

01. Who Is He (And What Is He To You)
02. People Make The World Go 'Round
03. Where Is The Love
04. Iron Jaws
05. Drown In My Own Tears
06. Ain't No Blues
08. Willow Weep For Me