Leon Thomas Spirits Known And Unknown: New Vocal Frontiers 180g LP
Leon Thomas Spirits Known And Unknown: New Vocal Frontiers 180g LP
Genre: Jazz
Label: Pure Pleasure
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,

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Leon Thomas Spirits Known And Unknown: New Vocal Frontiers 180g LP

Leon Thomas

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SKU:
PPRLP115
UPC:
5060149623077

Coming December 13, 2019 pre-order your copy today! Orders with both pre-order and in stock items will have all in stock items shipped immediately!

180g High Quality Pressing!
Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering!

Leon Thomas was known for his bellowing glottal-stop style of free jazz singing in the late 1960s and '70s. Some describe it as scatting, moaning, yodeling and howling.

"Leon Thomas' debut solo recording after his tenure with Pharoah Sanders is a fine one. Teaming with a cast of musicians that includes bassist Cecil McBee, flutist James Spaulding, Roy Haynes, Lonnie Liston Smith, Richard Davis, and Sanders (listed here as "Little Rock"), etc. Thomas' patented yodel is in fine shape here, displayed alongside his singular lyric style and scat singing trademark. The set begins with a shorter, more lyrical version of Thomas' signature tune "The Creator Has a Master Plan," with the lyric riding easy and smooth alongside the yodel, which bubbles up only in the refrains. It's a different story on his own "One," with Davis' piano leading the charge and Spaulding blowing through the center of the track, Thomas alternates scatting and his moaning, yodeling, howling, across the lyrics, through them under them and in spite of them. It's an intense ride and one that sets up the glorious "Echoes." This tune is Thomas at his most spiritual and uplifting, carrying the mysterious drift of his tune entwined with Spaulding's flute and a set of Pan pipes, fluttering in and out of the mix before his wail comes to the fore as a solo. The end of side one reaches into Thomas' past (he sang with everyone from Count Basie to Grant Green and Mary Lou Williams) for a highly original read of Horace Silver's classic "Song for My Father." Thomas imbues the tune with so much emotion, it's a wonder he can keep it under wraps. Side two is more free from in nature with "Damn Nam," a near rant, but one possessed with melodic vision and harmonic invention with this band. There's also the deeply moving "Malcolm's Gone," a co-write between Thomas and Sanders that features the latter's gorgeous blowing, hard and true in the middle of the mix, and a wildly spiritual Eastern vibe coming through in the improvisation. It's the longest track on the record, and one of the most criminally ignored in Thomas' long career. The album closes with Bell and Houston's "Let the Rain Fall on Me." It's a shimmering straight jazz number with a beautiful piano solo by Smith. It sends out a visionary album out on a sweet, soulful note. Ultimately, this is among Thomas' finest moments on vinyl, proving his versatility and accessibility to an audience who, for too long already, had associated him too closely with the avant-garde and free jazz." - Thom Jurek/AMG

Features

  • 180g High Quality Pressing
  • Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering

Musicians

Leon Thomas vocals, percussion
James Spaulding alto saxophone & flute
Richard Davis bass
Cecil McBee bass
Roy Haynes drums
Lonnie Liston Smith piano
Pharoah Sanders saxophone
Richard Landrum bongos

Selections

Side A:

  1. The Creator Has A Master Plan (Peace)
  2. One
  3. Echoes
  4. Song For My Father

Side B:

  1. Damn Nam (Ain't Goin' To Vietnam)
  2. Malcolm's Gone
  3. Let The Rain Fall On Me
Description

Coming December 13, 2019 pre-order your copy today! Orders with both pre-order and in stock items will have all in stock items shipped immediately!

180g High Quality Pressing!
Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering!

Leon Thomas was known for his bellowing glottal-stop style of free jazz singing in the late 1960s and '70s. Some describe it as scatting, moaning, yodeling and howling.

"Leon Thomas' debut solo recording after his tenure with Pharoah Sanders is a fine one. Teaming with a cast of musicians that includes bassist Cecil McBee, flutist James Spaulding, Roy Haynes, Lonnie Liston Smith, Richard Davis, and Sanders (listed here as "Little Rock"), etc. Thomas' patented yodel is in fine shape here, displayed alongside his singular lyric style and scat singing trademark. The set begins with a shorter, more lyrical version of Thomas' signature tune "The Creator Has a Master Plan," with the lyric riding easy and smooth alongside the yodel, which bubbles up only in the refrains. It's a different story on his own "One," with Davis' piano leading the charge and Spaulding blowing through the center of the track, Thomas alternates scatting and his moaning, yodeling, howling, across the lyrics, through them under them and in spite of them. It's an intense ride and one that sets up the glorious "Echoes." This tune is Thomas at his most spiritual and uplifting, carrying the mysterious drift of his tune entwined with Spaulding's flute and a set of Pan pipes, fluttering in and out of the mix before his wail comes to the fore as a solo. The end of side one reaches into Thomas' past (he sang with everyone from Count Basie to Grant Green and Mary Lou Williams) for a highly original read of Horace Silver's classic "Song for My Father." Thomas imbues the tune with so much emotion, it's a wonder he can keep it under wraps. Side two is more free from in nature with "Damn Nam," a near rant, but one possessed with melodic vision and harmonic invention with this band. There's also the deeply moving "Malcolm's Gone," a co-write between Thomas and Sanders that features the latter's gorgeous blowing, hard and true in the middle of the mix, and a wildly spiritual Eastern vibe coming through in the improvisation. It's the longest track on the record, and one of the most criminally ignored in Thomas' long career. The album closes with Bell and Houston's "Let the Rain Fall on Me." It's a shimmering straight jazz number with a beautiful piano solo by Smith. It sends out a visionary album out on a sweet, soulful note. Ultimately, this is among Thomas' finest moments on vinyl, proving his versatility and accessibility to an audience who, for too long already, had associated him too closely with the avant-garde and free jazz." - Thom Jurek/AMG

Features

  • 180g High Quality Pressing
  • Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering

Musicians

Leon Thomas vocals, percussion
James Spaulding alto saxophone & flute
Richard Davis bass
Cecil McBee bass
Roy Haynes drums
Lonnie Liston Smith piano
Pharoah Sanders saxophone
Richard Landrum bongos

Selections

Side A:

  1. The Creator Has A Master Plan (Peace)
  2. One
  3. Echoes
  4. Song For My Father

Side B:

  1. Damn Nam (Ain't Goin' To Vietnam)
  2. Malcolm's Gone
  3. Let The Rain Fall On Me
ISBN
PREORDER
ASSOC
R
Genre
Jazz
If Can Be Discounted
YES
Discontinued
NO
Inventory
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Construct
0
Dropship
0
Record Speed Record Size
12"
Artist
Leon Thomas
Title
Spirits Known And Unknown: New Vocal Frontiers
Composer
Additional Artists
Record Weight
180G
Record Speed
33RPM
Multi Channel
Stereo
1
Mono
Colored
Picture Disc
1/2 Speed
DMM
Out of Print
Sell Hold/Repressing
Direct to disc
Creation Date
10-31-2019
Release Date
Scratch & Dent
0
Availability
Preorder
Format
Vinyl
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