Wednesday, March 21, 2018

First Cosins Jazz Ensemble - 1977 - For The Cos Of Jazz

First Cosins Jazz Ensemble 
For The Cos Of Jazz

01. Please The Pleaser 5:00
02. Psalm 2:25
03. Gently But Nasty 3:44
04. Flat Meat 4:23
05. Beans And Sauce 3:28
06. A Plush Moment 4:09
07. Funky Johnson 2:55
08. Banana Peel 3:43
09. I Don't Know 3:18
10. Fit-It To The Rhythm 3:20

Keyboard - Stu Gardner
Saxophone – Rudy Johnson
Bass – David Shields
Drums – James Gadson, Nate Neblett
Guitar – Wah Wah Watson, Ray Parker
Keyboards – Larry Farrow,
Percussion – Allen Estes
Saxophone, Flute – Doug Richardson
Trombone – Dick “Slide” Hyde
Trumpet – Bobby Finley, Gary Grant

As the name of the group and album might hint, Bill Cosby was a major figure in putting this together — which makes sense, as he was pretty involved in the music world in the ’60s and ’70s in addition to his acting and stand-up comedy career. Indeed, Cosby is listed as a musical consultant and co-arranger on the record.

Musically, For the Cos of Jazz is pretty typical of the jazz/funk that was popular in the mid-to-late ’70s. It brings to mind one of my favorite bands from the period, the Crusaders. The arrangements and performances are tight, and range from smooth, lite-funk like “Please the Pleaser” and “Beans and Sauce” to more cookin’ and slappin’ numbers like “Psalm” and “Flat Meat.”



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