Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Piano Choir - 1973 - Handscapes

The Piano Choir 

01. Jaboobie's March 13:40
02. Straight No Chaser 6:00
03. Precious Lord 4:50
04. Sanctum Saintorium 13:40
05. Nation Time 5:40
06. Effi 6:50
07. Man Extensions 31:25
08. The Almoravids 15:40
09. Killers 7:30

Danny Mixon
Harold Mabern
Hugh Lawson
Nat Jones
Sonelius Smith
Stanley Cowell
Webster Lewis

Producer – Geri Hamlin, The Piano Choir
Choir: Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals, Percussion, African Piano, and Harpsichord.

Order of entrances on track A2: Webster Lewis, Stanley Cowell, Danny Mixon, Nat Jones, Sonelius Smith, Harold Mabern, Hugh Lawson.
Solo order on track C1: Stanley Cowell, Hugh Lawson, Harold Mabern, Webster Lewis, Sonelius Smith, Nat Jones, Danny Mixon.

All tracks recorded October 28, 1972, except track A3 which was recorded June 18, 1972.

At the time of release Ebony reviewer Phyl Garland said "One needn't be a "piano freak" to appreciate a truly new recording. First of all imagine seven gifted and talented pianists sitting down to seven grand pianos (with electric piano, organ, harpsichord, a few tambourines for spice) and proceeding to tear up these instruments - musically, that is. ...the torrrent of sound springing from their 70 fingers is so powerful and majestic as to be unlike anything one has ever heard.

Handscapes The Piano Choir LP double live album 1973 Strata-East Associates NYC! This is the perfect gift for the jazz piano fan in your life! 

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