Pioneering funk/R&B band Mtume, featuring the group’s eleven US charted singles including the classic, ‘Juicy Fruit’ along with selected album cuts from the team’s five Epic LPs as well as three bonus tracks from the sole solo album by female lead vocalist, Tawatha.
Reissue with the latest remastering and the original cover artwork. Comes with a description written in Japanese. Trumpeter Steve Gut's on the frontline here alongside the legendary Clark Terry and the great Dusko Goykovich – and the younger musician really manages to hold his own, and work well with the two master trumpeters! The setting is a larger group – the RTB Big Band – and all three players get a chance to solo – and the mighty Alvin Queen is in the group on drums, providing a soulful kick that maybe makes the album sparkle a bit more than usual for the RTB – although they've always had a great legacy of work with bigger name players, especially American ones. Titles include "Mr CT", "Black Triangle", "Stemi", "Summer Afternoon", "On The Road", "Some Memories", and "Blues To Clark".
Freddie Green seldom led sessions and seldom played lead. Instead, he formed part of the classic rhythm section that gave the Count Basie band its steady pulse. This rare date finds Green with tenor Al Cohn, trumpeter Joe Newman, trombonist Henry Coker, pianist Nat Pierce, bassist Milt Hinton, and either Jo Jones or Osie Johnson on drums. Mr. Rhythm, in fact, will remind many of a good Basie set. The steady drums, bass, and guitar on "Back and Forth" and "Something's Gotta Give" push the music forward, swinging ever so lightly. Nat Pierce's minimalist piano work also owes something to Basie.
This album might as well be called "The Best of Meat Loaf, 1984-1987," since it surveys his stint at Arista Records, including material from his studio albums Bad Attitude and Blind Before I Stop, and the concert collection known as Live at Wembley in the U.K. and simply as Live elsewhere. It features his two British Top 40 hits of the period, "Modern Girl" and "Rock 'N' Roll Mercenaries," but eschews the minor hits "Nowhere Fast" and "Piece of the Action" in favor of including live remakes of earlier Meat Loaf hits "Two out of Three Ain't Bad" and "Bat out of Hell," along with some non-chart singles, "Surf's Up," "Getting Away with Murder," "Blind Before I Stop," and another live remake…