Power Of Soul
This album is one of the reasons that Idris Muhammad is regarded as the drumming king of groove. Featuring the arrangements and keyboards of Bob James, the saxophone punch of Grover Washington, Jr., guitarist Joe Beck, trumpeter Randy Brecker, percussionist Ralph MacDonald, and the knife-edge slick production of Creed Taylor, this 1974 issue is a burning piece of deep, jazzy soul and grooved-out bliss.
The funk flies fast and heavy, particularly on the title track - a Jimi Hendrix composition. Soaring solos by Grover and James, who follow Muhammad's powerful pace. Beck's own solo is unique in that he moves against the tempo just a bit, which only increases the listener's dependence on the groove of Muhammad. Clocking in at only 34 minutes it's a perfect slice of the raw emotion which Muhammad was pulling down at the time.
Washington's 'Loran's Dance' which is perhaps the most complex track, It showcases not only Washington as an aspiring writer in his own right (this is only a year before Feels So Good and Mr. Magic appeared), but also as a talented interpreter of the edges where jazz and soul come together.
James' arrangements are tight, and everybody gets to solo with a little more freedom and grace. Muhammad keeps the pocket wide and Brecker and Washington dance all around in it as James plays the accents furtively. This is some easy-moving, yet musically complex jazz. There is great power in these four tracks to make you move or reflect or just tap your foot while nodding "yeah" at your speakers imperceptibly.
Piece Of Mind
The Saddest Thing
Label: Kudu Music On Vinyl
Catalogue numbers: MOVLP738
Phonographic Copyright (p)-Epic Records
Copyright (c)-Epic Records
Recorded At-Van Gelder Studio
Produced For-CTI Records
Pressed By-Record Industry
Published By-Arch Music Co.
Published By-Trunk Music
Published By-Faraway Music
Published By-Three Brothers Music
Barcodes & Identifiers:
Matrix / Runout-20419 1A MOVLP738
Matrix / Runout-20419 1B MOVLP738
Sleeve Condition: Mint (M)