Friday, December 18, 2015

The Descendants Of Mike And Phoebe - 1974 - A Spirit Speaks

The Descendants Of Mike And Phoebe
A Spirit Speaks


01.Two Songs For A Boy Named Mark
   a) Little Bitty Baby
   b) Soliloquy To A Man-Child
02. Coltrane
03. Chick Chick
04. Well Done, Weldon
05. A Spirit Speaks
06. Attica
07. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
08. Boll Weevil
09. Don't Be A Stranger
10. Too Little, Too Late

Bill Lee (bass)
Clif Lee (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Billy Higgins (percussion)
Consuela Lee Moorehead (piano)
A. Grace Lee Mims (vocals)
Sonny Brown (percussion)

One of the most unique albums on the Strata East label – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the creative energies flowing through that legendary jazz outlet! Descendents Of Mike & Phoebe is a righteous little project put together by Spike Lee's father, Bill Lee, and his brothers and sisters (Cliff Lee, Grace Lee Mims, and Consuela Lee Moorhead) – working here in a group named after their slave ancestors, who are paid tribute in a beautifully flowing batch of tunes! Lee's round, warm bass tones are firmly at the head of the group on most numbers – recorded at a similar level to his excellent work with Clifford Jordan on Strata East during the same time – and other instrumentation includes piano from Consuela, flugelhorn from Cliff, and percussion from Sonny Brown and Billy Higgins – all used in a wonderfully evocative style that's even better than some of Lee's later soundtrack work. A few numbers feature vocals from Grace – singing wordlessly and with a really heavenly sort of quality – and together, the whole group have a undeniable sense of power and majesty, yet also one that's touched by a really personal sense of poetry too. Titles include a great version of Lee's "Coltrane", which was more famously recorded with Clifford Jordan
Once again a huge thank you to our Cuban connection in Miami for making this one available, and for his continued asked and unasked input when it comes on what to post in this blog. Gracias Pechoepuerco!



  2. Wonderful! These Strata East gems are absolutely stunning,
    Heady chemistry...soul-soothing juices straight from The Vibration Of Life!
    And so many other top-notch titles, like that 'Recreation'!! (finally presented properly after all these years!)
    Thank you my brothers! :)
    There's a good feeling with all the many-colored lights aglow
    in jolly celebration...from all of us to all of you,
    Happy Holidays, Peace and healing...
    May The Force Be With You!
    This year we travel back in time, to mixes of winters passed...
    Our first stop takes us back nearly ten years ago, to 2006,
    with a mysterious mix of timely import...
    ~The Last Of The Jedi Will You Be~
    1. Passing Of Time...The Orb
    2. Fuck, It Was So Crusty...Love Corp 222
    3. ...for the night is coming...Supertramp
    4. Prince Rupert Awakes...King Crimson
    5. Pompeii AM Gotterdammerung...The Flaming Lips
    6. Underture...The Who
    7. me my song...Genesis
    8. ...breath of the beyond...The Moody Blues
    9. ...Mother Fore...Pink Floyd
    10. ...The Voyage...The Moody Blues
    11. ...Glimpses Of Nirvana Pt. 2...Procol Harum
    12. You Don't Have To Keep It To Yourself, But You Can...Love Corp 222
    13. ...constellation's end...Seth Bernard
    14. New Round...Beck
    15. Liquid Spear Waltz...Donnie Darko ost
    16. The Sundown...The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly ost
    17. The Hologram~Binary Sunset...Star Wars ost
    18. Waltz In The Fourth Dimension...Donnie Darko ost
    19. Movie Theme...Beck
    20. Time Travel...Yes!...The Flaming Lips
    21 ...Exoskeleton...Beck
    22. The Artifact & Living...Donnie Darko ost
    ...then we go back deep to psychedelic 1995,
    when all my mixes were ca$$ette XL II black magnetite baby
    I used to name, artistically label, and number all my best mixes
    that morphed into a crazy sprawling 120+ tape series that began roughly in winter 1992 and continued dedicatedly until 2005ish...I still have them all and have begun putting the best onto cd...this selection is one of the wildest Cut-Up! psychTrippps I ever committed to tape, Part 23, named
    ~Blastido'z Castle~
    (1 side per track, I'll give the song titles as they appear on the cassette,
    but they're not split... this one works best like this...)
    1.(Side A)
    Herbal Intro
    Manfred's Interlude
    Orbital Outlands
    Blazing Gazelle
    This Is The Trip...The Best Part...I Really Like...
    ...Kitar~Eno: Through Hollow Lands
    Fly Jefferson Airplane...
    2.(Side B)
    Spliff Sticks
    The Soft Parade Has Now Begun:
    ...Part 1-Dosage/Part 2-Procession/Part 3-Big Top
    The Reunion
    Night: ...Part One: Snow/Part Two: Midnight/Part Three: Minstrels
    Enjoy exploring the Castle my Friends :)
    p.s. here's my two big Xmas celebrations!
    From All Of Us To All Of