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Descendants Of Mike And Phoebe, The - A Spirit Speaks
Descendants Of Mike And Phoebe, The
A Spirit Speaks
LP | 1974 | EU | Reissue (Everland Jazz)
19,99 €*
Release:1974 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
This delightfully eclectic LP is a prime example of 70’s SoulJazz. It is an early fusion record combining elements from jazz, gospel, soul and blues. It even has an edge of classical music, to be heard in the clear soprano voice of lead singer A. Grace Lee Mims on several tracks. As such it is a great sign of the times, the early seventies when musical experimentation and coalition was all abound. Bass-player and band member Bill Lee would later gain fame as being the father of controversial filmmaker Spike Lee and worked as musical director/conductor on four of his son’s excellent movie soundtracks. For sure you can already hear the early influences here! This is the best sounding reissue of ‘A Spirit Speaks’ since it’s original release in 1974 and comes in an exact replica of the great original cover art. Licensed by Strate-East. - Marc Janssen
Descendants Of Mike And Phoebe, The - A Spirit Speaks
Descendants Of Mike And Phoebe, The
A Spirit Speaks
LP | 1974 | UK | Reissue (Pure Pleasure)
27,99 €*
Release:1974 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
One of the most unique albums on the Strata East label – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the creative energies flowing through that legendary jazz outlet! "Descendents Of Mike & Phoebe" is a righteous little project put together by Spike Lee's father, Bill Lee, and his brothers and sisters (Cliff Lee, Grace Lee Mims, and Consuela Lee Moorhead) – working here in a group named after their slave ancestors, who are paid tribute in a beautifully flowing batch of tunes! Lee's round, warm bass tones are firmly at the head of the group on most numbers – recorded at a similar level to his excellent work with Clifford Jordan on Strata East during the same time – and other instrumentation includes piano from Consuela, flugelhorn from Cliff, and percussion from Sonny Brown and Billy Higgins – all used in a wonderfully evocative style that's even better than some of Lee's later soundtrack work. A few numbers feature vocals from Grace – singing wordlessly and with a really heavenly sort of quality – and together, the whole group have an undeniable sense of power and majesty, yet also one that's touched by a really personal sense of poetry too. Titles include a great version of Lee's "Coltrane", which was more famously recorded with Clifford Jordan.
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