Monday, March 27, 2017

Charles McPherson - 1973 - Today's Man

Charles McPherson
Today's Man

01. Charisma
02. Naima
03. Invitation
04. Stranger In Paradise
05. Cheryl
06. Bell Bottoms

Bass [Acoustic] – Lawrence Evans
Drums – Billy Higgins
Flute, Saxophone [Baritone] – Chris Woods
Flute, Saxophone [Tenor] – Frank Wess
French Horn – Julius Watkins
Piano [Acoustic] – Barry Harris
Saxophone [Alto] – Charles McPherson
Trombone – Garnett Brown
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Cecil Bridgewater, Richard Williams

A great document of the more soulful shift made by Charles McPherson in the 70s – and an album that features his moody alto work set amidst a slightly larger group – filled with great players that include Chris Woods on flute, Richard Williams and Cecil Bridewater on trumpet, Frank Wess on tenor sax, Garnett Brown on trombone, and Barry Harris on piano. The tracks are deceptively easygoing, but swing with a nice spiritual soul jazz undercurrent – and McPherson blows in some warm, open modes that really grab us on the best tunes.

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