Monday, March 27, 2017

Charles McPherson - 1975 - Beautiful

Charles McPherson

01. They Say It's Wonderful 4:59
02. But Beautiful 6:18
03. It Could Happen To You 5:43
04. Lover 4:49
05. This Can't Be Love 5:28
06. Body And Soul 7:44
07. It Had To Be You 5:42

Alto Saxophone – Charles McPherson
Bass – Sam Jones
Drums – Leroy Williams
Piano – Duke Jordan

Recorded August 12, 1975.

Xanadu was a perfect label for altoist Charles McPherson since he was always a bop-based improviser who was perfectly at home jamming straightahead standards. This CD reissue features the talented altoist (who is joined by pianist Duke Jordan, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Leroy Williams) infusing beauty and boppish ideas into such songs as "They Say It's Wonderful," "It Could Happen to You" and "This Can't Be Love."  A previously unreleased trio rendition of "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" (recorded while the musicians were waiting for McPherson to show up) has been added to the CD. Recommended.

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