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Better than 'Headhunters'.,
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This review is from: Mahal (Audio CD)WOW i have waited years for a cd release for this brilliant jazz-funk album to be released ,from the great trumpeter Eddie who in my view is the best in the business (yes and i haven;t forgotten about Miles).
Released in 1978 on the Capitol label the album contains the classic 'Prance On' which charted in the UK,whilst the follow up was 'Cyclops' which to the chagrin of Eddie was released as a disco version (some enterprising DJ started playing the lp 33rpm version at 45rpm)though to my ears the original moody version sound better now:the disco version is tacked on as a bonus track.
Unlike Herbie Hancock's seminal 'Headhunters' from a few years earlier,'Mahal' never looses focus,and along with Herbie contains a stellar cast of musicians including Mtume and Bill Summers and is crisply produced by Skip Drinkwater.
'Mahal' is a fantastic mix of uptempo/midtempo tracks (including a take on Herbie's 'Butterfly')along side beautiful thoughtful pieces including the title track and 'Emotions' which feature Eddie's beautifully haunting playing.
On this album Eddie doesn't sing or use a vocoder as contemporaneous albums by Herbie do and is totally instrumental,it really is a STUNNING album and thanks to Soul Brother records for this long overdue release from the magnificent Mr Henderson...
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Initial post: 12 Jan 2012 10:15:24 GMT
CJ Mann says:
It's fantastic! Soul Brother deserves respect. I prefer the 'disco' version of Cyclops but it's the one I heard first and it's hard to get away from that first impression - even after 34 years!
Posted on 24 Apr 2012 01:27:04 BDT
Archie Grimwald says:
I cannot express how much I share the sentiments of your review. Thirty years is a long time to wait but this album really blew my mind when I brought it around 1980 and it still does. The slower tracks really are modern jazz at its most beautiful.I am already a proud owner of the new CD.Thanks
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