Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Roland Prince - 1977 - Free Spirit

Roland Prince
Free Spirit

01. Señorita 8:40
02. Alone Again, Naturally 9:50
03. People's Song 9:00
04. Mushroom Alley 7:19
05. Free Spirit 7:33

Bass – Bob Cranshaw (tracks: A1, A2, B2, B3), David Williams (tracks: B1)
Drums – Al Foster (tracks: B2), Michael Carvin (tracks: B1), Mickey Roker (tracks: A1, A2, B3)
Flute – Frank Wiss
Guitar – Roland Prince
Percussion – Al Chalk (tracks: B2)
Piano – Kenny Barron
Soprano Saxophone – Carter Jefferson (tracks: B1)
Tenor Saxophone – Frank Foster (tracks: B2), Frank Wiss (tracks: A1, B3)
Trombone – Clifford Adams (tracks: B1)
Trumpet – Virgil Jones (tracks: B2)

Free Spirit is five lengthy instrumental jams, with Prince’s (not that one) jazz guitar licks weaving their way over some funky easy-listening lounge music. Think Murph & The Magictones from The Blues Brothers – but probably without the red mohair suits and the amps with pink shag carpeting.

Really nice jazz guitar. A little funky/fusion-y, a product of its time. Mellow, but not slow in tempo. Quite enjoyable, will play again soon.

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