Monday, March 27, 2017

Charles Kynard - 1971 - Wa-Tu-Wa-Zui (Beautiful People)

Charles Kynard 
Wa-Tu-Wa-Zui (Beautiful People)

01. Wa-Tu-Wa-Zui (Beautiful People) 7:50
02. Winter's Child 4:33
03. Zebra Walk 6:10
04. Something 9:40
05. Change Up 9:00

Bass [Fender] – Jimmy Lewis
Drums – Bernard Purdie (tracks: B1), Idris Muhammad
Guitar – Melvin Sparks
Organ, Electric Piano – Charles Kynard
Saxophone [Tenor] – Rusty Bryant
Trumpet – Virgil Jones

Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 14, 1970

Kynard is joined by luminaries from Prestige's soul-jazz stable -- Rusty Bryant on tenor sax, Melvin Sparks on guitar, Jimmy Lewis on bass, Virgil Jones on trumpet, and Idris Muhammad and Bernard Purdie on drums -- for a solid album that occasionally catches fire. In particular, the eight-minute title track is not just a highlight of Kynard's discography, but a stellar moment for soul-jazz in general. Sparks sets the pace on that number with superb James Brown-style rapid-strum choke guitar, Lewis lays down a "Get Ready"-style bassline, and everyone really cooks when it comes time to solo, including Kynard; he takes a while to make his presence known, but then unleashes passages with uncharacteristic, unrestrained passion. The ten-minute cover of the Beatles' "Something" does a lot more with the overdone standard than many people have, Kynard again shining with some imaginative and unexpectedly lengthy, exuberant soloing.