Sunday, March 10, 2019

Leon Spencer - 1973 - Where I'm Coming from

Leon Spencer
Where I'm Coming from

01. Superstition 6:45
02. Give Me Your Love 5:23
03. Keeper Of The Castle 5:20
04. Trouble Man 6:45
05. The Price A Po' Man's Got To Pay 5:25
06. Where I'm Coming From 5:35

Alto Saxophone – Sonny Fortune (tracks: B3)
Bass – George Duvivier (tracks: A1 to B1)
Congas – Buddy Caldwell (tracks: B3)
Drums – Grady Tate (tracks: A1 to B2), Idris Muhammed (tracks: B3)
Electric Piano – Ernest Hayes (tracks: A1 to B1)
Flute – Hubert Laws (tracks: B3)
Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Conductor – Frank Wess (tracks: A1 to B1)
Flute, Tenor Saxophone – Seldon Powell (tracks: A1 to B1)
Guitar – Joe Beck (tracks: A1 to B2), Melvin Sparks (tracks: B3)
Organ – Leon Spencer
Tenor Saxophone – Dave Hubbard (tracks: B3)
Trumpet – Jon Faddis (tracks: A1 to B1), Victor Paz (tracks: A1 to B1), Virgil Jones (tracks: B3)

Tracks A1 to B2 recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, on January 26, 1973.
Track B3 recorded Feb. 22, 1972

Leon Spencer's final recording is an understated but very groovy document that features keyboard solos with a restrained horn section and funky rhythm guitar providing tight and tasty support. Covers of contemporary tunes by Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Steve Wonder and The Four Tops simmer without ever coming to the boil, but it is the Spencer originals that come alive, particularly the title track that closes the album (recorded during sessions for his previous LP "Bad Woman Walking") which is the highlight. Strangely for a Rudy Van Gelder engineered recording the overall sound is a little flat with very little bottom end which actually gives it a refreshingly under-produced feel. This is a near peak for rare-groove releases and is certainly worth checking out.



  2. I'd almost completely forgotten about Leon Spencer! Sneak Preview was once a favorite. Grabbing that one and this which I don't recall ever hearing despite the impressive line-up. Thanks, Zen Archer.