Saturday, April 1, 2017

Peter Berkow & Friends - 1977 - Live at Cabo's

Peter Berkow & Friends 
Live at Cabo's

01. Burger Love 6:24
02. Mandala 10:40
03. I've Got Time 7:04
04. French Hougnon Soup 7:30
05. Overjoiced 8:20
06. Spin The Globe 9:30

Backing Vocals – Charlie Haynes, Joe Hougnon
Bass – Paul Abrahms
Congas – Randy Mason
Drums – Mark Williams
Flute – Charlie Haynes
Harmonica – Charlie Haynes (tracks: B3), Joe Hougnon (tracks: B3), Peter Berkow
Lead Guitar – Joe Hougnon, Peter Berkow (tracks: B2)
Lead Vocals – Joe Hougnon (tracks: A3), Peter Berkow
Percussion – Mark Williams, Randy Mason
Rhythm Guitar – Peter Berkow
Tenor Saxophone – Charlie Haynes

A nice curio private press from 1977 that one might still find on a good day of crate digging. PB&F were formed and survived off the 1970s university culture, in this case the University of Illinois. They were a full 6 piece jazz band who, like many in the day, fused elements of funk, rock and Latin styles into their distinct brew. Two guitarists, bass, drums, a dedicated conga player and the primary soloist doubles on both tenor sax and flute. A long album (close to 50 minutes), with 4 of the 6 tracks being entirely instrumental. It’s these compositions that make the album a success, with melodies that recall Ian Carr’s Nucleus and other melodic Brit-jazz combos, with plenty of room left for solos, which never bog down in tuneless noise.
A true relic of the times, and worth exploring.

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