Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Buddy Terry - 1972 - Lean on Him

Buddy Terry 
Lean on Him

01. Lean On Me (Lean On Him) 5:46
02. Holy Holy Holy 5:29
03. Climbing Higher Mountains 3:07
04. Amazing Grace 4:42
05. Inner Peace 10:14
06. Precious Lord, Take My Hand 5:36
07. Love Offering 7:24

Bass – Wilbur Bascomb
Drums – Bernard Purdie
Electric Piano, Piano – Larry Willis
Flugelhorn, Trumpet – Eddie Henderson
Flute, Saxophone [Soprano, Tenor] – Buddy Terry
Guitar – Jay Berliner
Organ – Ernie Hayes
Percussion – Lawrence Killian
Vocals – Alphonse Mouzon, Dee Dee Bridgewater

According to Terry, this album was an attempt to mold jazz with gospel. He starts off with a cover of "Lean On Me" played just a little faster than the original. It doesn’t get interesting until two drum breaks/breakdowns featuring Purdie in the middle. Purdie lets loose with another drum break at the beginning of "Holy, Holy, Holy", a soulful gospel tune with singing by Dee Dee Bridgewater. "Inner Peace" starts off with some spacey sounds. Once the song gets going it fluctuates between a mellow rhythm and a funkier one that features several drum break by Purdie. (Review courtesy of Soul Strut)

Terry did a couple of Avant Garde-ish albums on Mainstream before he released Lean On Him. Which makes this kind of a strange (and not entirely successful) album for him. But the 10 minute "Inner Peace" sure is a killer tune. Pure dancefloor jazz! And the rhythm section is hard to beat: "Bad" Wilbur Bascomb and Bernard Purdie with Lawrence Killian on percussion. Top notch!"



  2. Thank you. I've been looking for this one.