Monday, April 11, 2016

Harvey Mandel - 1969 - Righteous

Harvey Mandel 

01. Righteous 3:21
02. Jive Samba 5:57
03. Love Of Life 3:11
04. Poontang 3:52
05. Just A Hair More 3:36
06. Summer Sequence 4:12
07. Short's Stuff 7:24
08. Boo-Bee-Doo 3:55
09. Campus Blues 4:42

Bass [Fender] – Bob West
Drums – Earl Palmer
Guitar – Howard Roberts
Piano – Pete Jolly
Saxophone – Bill Perkins, Ernie Watts, Gene Cipriano, Jack Nimitz, Plas Johnson
Trombone – Lew McCreary, Mike Barone, Pete Myers, Richard Leith
Trumpet – Buddy Childers, John Audino, Ollie Mitchell, Stan Fishelson
Bass – Art Stavro
Drums – Eddie Hoh
Guitar – Harvey Mandel
Organ – Duane Hitchings

Not as consistent as his debut, due to the presence of a few pedestrian blues-rock numbers. The better tracks, though, show Mandel continuing to expand his horizons with imagination, particularly on the cuts with string and horn arrangements by noted jazz arranger Shorty Rogers. Harvey's workout on Nat Adderley's "Jive Samba" is probably his best solo performance, and an obvious touchstone for the Latin-rock hybrid of Carlos Santana (whose own debut came out the same year); on the other side of the coin, "Boo-Bee-Doo" is one of his sharpest and snazziest straight blues-rockers.

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