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25 Mar 2017

Kenny Barron "Lucifer"1975 US Jazz Soul Funk Fusion,Hard Bop

Kenny Barron  "Lucifer"1975  US  Jazz Soul Funk Fusion,Hard Bop

Totally excellent Kenny Barron album on Muse, and one of his hardest to find! There’s a killer cut on here called “Hellbound” that’s got Kenny playing this fantastic electric piano and moog stuff on top of overdubbed acoustic piano, which provides a rhythmic underpinning. The track is long and spacey, with an excellent modal groove that would make an excellent sample, but which also grooves beautifully on its own! Lots of other cool cuts too, all with more instrumentation, and a nice soulful funky sound. Titles include “Luciver”, “Spirits”, “Firefly”, and “Ethereally Yours” – and players include James Spaulding, Bill Barron, and Billy Hart. Beautiful!……………………

This is a fabulous recording that really needs to be issued on CD. Kenny Barron is truly in a league of his own and always plays in his own signature style. His trademark is his unique manner of playing and soloing in a rhythmic groove-like fashion. This particular album is unlike anything else he has ever recorded as a whole. The styles range from mellow and drifting (Ethereally Yours and Oleo), to latin tinged fusion (Firefly), acid rock/post bop/fusion (Lucifer), seething jazz-funk (Spirits), to the 13 minute “Hellbound” which I can best describe as a mesmerizing, protracted, and continuous ambient-funk groove. All the other participants truly shine on this 1975 offering, especially guitarist Carlos Alomar who simply tears it up on “Spirits” and “Lucifer” and drummer Billy Hart who carries everything flawlessly. This is a very difficult album to come by so if you run across it, snag it and LIVE IT……by…ralphcat ………….

1975’s “Lucifer” sees Barron branching out both musically and instrumentally, adding clavinet and string synthesiser to his keyboard arsenal across a range of tracks that expand his palette into fusion, acoustic spiritual, jazz-funk and other forms. Later in the year, he also recorded the live acoustic duet album “In Tandem” with guitarist Ted Dunbar (who’d been on “Peruvian Blue”) while both were teaching at Rutgers University. ……………

Acoustic Guitar – Carlos Alomar
Acoustic Piano – Kenny Barron
Alto Saxophone – James Spaulding
Bass Flute – James Spaulding (tracks: A3)
Clavinet – Kenny Barron
Cover – Ron Warwell
Cowbell – Kenny Barron
Drums – Billy Hart
Electric Bass – Chris White (3)
Electric Guitar – Carlos Alomar
Electric Piano – Kenny Barron
Engineer – Malcolm Addey
Mixed By – Tony May
Producer – Michael Cuscuna
Soprano Saxophone – Bill Barron
String Synthesizer – Kenny Barron
Synthesizer – Kenny Barron (tracks: B1)
Trumpet – Charles Sullivan

A1 Spirits 9:00
A2 Firefly 8:52
A3 Ethereally Yours 5:53
B1 Hellbound 13:00
B2 Lucifer 5:36
B3 Oleo 5:03 

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