Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Paris Smith Quintet - 1983 - Thought Seeds

The Paris Smith Quintet 
Thought Seeds

01. Catman 8:16
02. Psalm 4:54
03. Lilith Came 4:30
04. Owlman 4:14
05. Pentatonia 3:11
06. Thought Seeds 5:28
07. Chico Be 8:15

Bass – Tyler Mitchell
Drums – Usama Pitts
Saxophone – Jimmy Ellis
Vibraphone – Paris Smith
Vocals – Carol Sawall

Spanning over three decades, Chicago vibist Paris Smith released privately three albums through his own imprint Oracle records. In the seventies The Quartets album with Kenneth Hill, In the early 80s Thought Seeds with vocalist Carol Sawall and in the mid-90s 53 Street Ghost with full ensemble. All material is self written, the mood, style and feel of three albums are uniquely different. Ranging from full-blown post-bop to soul-jazz slap! The originals are rare and have been demanding three figure sums on the vinyl collectible auction market.

Thought Seeds, the second album, originally released on Oracle records back in 1983. The Quintet is led by Paris Smith and features Carol Sawall on the vocals for the first time. Jimmy Ellis on saxes. Usama Pitts again on drums and Tyler Mitchell on bass. The albums favors a more mystified modal approach, there is one beautiful solo piece ‘Pentatonia’ and a duo vocal track ‘Lillith Came’ and let’s not forget the title track that is running wild with Carol’s vocals over a fantastic vibes ostinato. The original release has long been scarce, and copies have been demanding three figure sums on the online collectors market.

A Chicago underground jazz classic with all the right ingredients repressed in a 500 copy run - awesome & WELL recommended!!!