Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Mel Brown - 1970 - Mel Brown's Fifth

Mel Brown 
Mel Brown's Fifth

01. Time For A Change
02. Good Stuff
03. Seven Forty-Seven (Airport Blues)
04. Luv Potion
05. Drifting Blues
06. Cheap At Half The Price
07. Home Made
08. Gimme A Little Slack

Alto Saxophone – Lorenzo Carnegie (tracks: A1, A2, B3)
Baritone Saxophone – Tobie Butler (tracks: A1, A2, B3)
Drums – Jeff Osborne (tracks: A1 to B3)
Electric Piano – Mel Brown (tracks: A3 to B3)
Guitar – Mel Brown (tracks: A1 to B3)
Organ, Bass [Keyboard] – Jimmy Davis (tracks: A1 to B3)
Tenor Saxophone – Onion Miller (tracks: A1, A2, B3)
Trombone – Jake Riley (tracks: A1, A2, B3)
Trumpet – Carle Vickers (tracks: A1, A2, B3)
Piano [Electric] – Clifford Coulter (A1)

(A1, A2, B3, B4) Recorded 21 Oct 1970 at United Recordings, LA
(A3 - B2) Recorded 23 Oct 1970 at ABC Recording Studios, LA

Back to the blues based guitar licks and the funky grooves, some blowing horns and jazzy improvisational parts & funny looped endings on both sides of the lp, really good stuff!

MEL BROWN learned the guitar while fighting against the meningitis when he was a kind. He spent hours and days to follow his father's footsteps and play the Blues.

He began his musical career as a musician for Bobby Bland and released his first LP in 1967 on Impulse.

He doesn't play "regular traditional old-fashioned Delta Blues" but a contemporary blend of Soul Blues where you can find, piece by piece, most of his influences.

"Luv Potion" is the last track on side one, a 10+ minute instrumental that gives a good idea of how this album sounds like : it's soulful, bluesy, jazzy and hot!

Not to mention the absolutely awesome gatefold cover...

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