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Sublime early work from the legendary Bobbi Humphrey a 1972 Blue Note session recorded before her work with the Mizell Brothers but a set that's done with an equally soulful sound! Bobbi's flute is out front of great arrangements from Alphonse Mouzon, Horace Ott, and Wade Marcus all of whom give the record a feel that's plenty rich, yet lean enough to let the Humphrey's sweet flute solos really take off. Original album art, notes by Pat Thomas...CD debut!
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The cover of Bill Wither's Lonely Town, Lonely Street is a kind of prelude to the Larry Mizell years with its funky groove. You could probably throw this song into any one of the albums I listed above and it would fit right in and not feel out of place.
There's also a very nice cover of Norman Whitfield's Smiling Faces, which Bobbi's flute comes alive, and the rest of the artist's play really make this one mean jam, especially the drum work of Alphonse. This is nearly 6 and a half minutes of pure joy, and is one of my favorite tracks.
Another nicely done track is Virtue, which has a somewhat Afro Caribbean feel to it, and once again, Bobbi's flute play stands out, along with Ron Carter's bass, and Alphonse's drums.
About this CD - I purchased this out of Japan, so it is the Japanese released SHM (Super High Material) version which sounds remarkable, as all SHM CD's do, I've a few. It is also on the Blue Note label. I mention this in case we there are any audiophile collectors out there. I also doubt this is the version Amazon is selling based on the product listing, and price, and thus can't speak for its sound quality, but the SHM version is phenomenal.
I've got nearly all of Bobbi's albums/CD except for her later albums - City Beat, Passion Flute, and her Live at Montreux album.Read more ›