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4 Sep 2016

The Descendants Of Mike And Phoebe “A Spirit Speaks” 1974 US Private Soul Jazz,Spiritual Jazz

The Descendants Of Mike And Phoebe  “A Spirit Speaks” 1974 US  Private Soul Jazz,Spiritual Jazz…..recommended….!
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 a 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 – plus “Chick Chick”, “Attica”, “Too Little, Too Late”, “Boll Weevil”, “Don’t Be A Stranger”, and “Well Done, Weldon”. …. 

The music on A Spirit Speaks is a treasure trove of classical African-American music – It is a unique blend of heart moving, soul stirring sensations with terrific instrumentions, evoking golden rays of spirituals, blues, and Jazz mixes and topped by layers of beautiful female vocals. The Descendants of Mike and Phoebe – A Spirit Speaks was Bill Lee’s band out of Cleveland, Ohio (Bill’s son is Director Spike Lee’s)…A Spirit Speaks remains a very unknown LP, but considered a highly regarded holy grail treasure for those who have experienced the warm complex trips within this world of sublime spiritual jazz/soul/blues. Anything that The Lee family touched is beautiful. The personel consists of 4 of the 7 children born to Mike & Phoebe Lee of Snow Hill, Alabama. …. 

Quite rare vinyl now from the very collectable Strata East records label! It includes the fabulous masterpiece modal jazz tune called “Coltrane” ! Top spirit jazz release & I hope it will be reissued soon! Try to get it on your favorite second hand shop. … 

Bill Lee (bass) 
Clif Lee (trumpet, flugelhorn) 
Billy Higgins (percussion) 
Consuela Lee Moorehead (piano) 
A. Grace Lee Mims (vocals) 
Sonny Brown (percussion) 

01.Two Songs For A Boy Named Mark 
a) Little Bitty Baby 
b) Soliloquy To A Man-Child 
02. Coltrane 
03. Chick Chick 
04. Well Done, Weldon 
05. A Spirit Speaks 
06. Attica 
07. Take My Hand, Precious Lord 
08. Boll Weevil 
09. Don’t Be A Stranger 
10. Too Little, Too Late 

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