Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jimmy Ponder - 1978 - All Things Beautiful

Jimmy Ponder 
All Things Beautiful

01 A Clue 3:34
02 Turn 5:00
03 Love Will Find A Way 3:58
04 Chasing That Face 5:32
05 Love Me Right 5:24
06 Sometimes When We Touch 4:40
07 A Trip To The Stars 6:10

Backing Vocals – Diva Gray (tracks: A1, A2), Gordon Grody (tracks: A1, A2), Gwen Guthrie (tracks: A1, A2), Jocelyn Brown (tracks: A1, A2)
Bass – Neil Jason
Drums – Jimmy Young, Richard Crooks
Guitar – Bob Rose, Jeff Mironov, Lance Quinn
Guitar [Solo] – Jimmy Ponder
Keyboards – Pat Rebillot, Rob Mounsey
Percussion – Jimmy Maelen
Saxophone – David Tofani, Eddie Daniels
STrombone – Barry Rogers
Trumpet – Jon Faddis, Marvin Stamm

Sweet soulful lines from guitarist Jimmy Ponder – working here in a warm set of bigger backings that almost give the record the same feel as classic late 60s outings from Wes Montgomery, or some of the CTI work by George Benson! Backings are put together by Brad Baker – in that same great mix of jazz and soul he used with his B Baker Chocolate Company material – and although there's a bit of chorus vocals on the album (sung by a group that includes Gwen Guthrie and Jocelyn Brown), the main focus is on the soulful, chromatic lines of Ponder's guitar – which have a poise and focus here that really tops some of his earlier work. The groove is pretty super-dope throughout – that great late Groove Merchant approach to funky jazz .

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