Genre: Jazz
Label: Pure Pleasure
Format: 33RPM,
Size: 12"


The Descendants of Mike & Phoebe A Spirit Speaks 180g LP

Descendants of Mike & Phoebe

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Audiophile 180g Vinyl!

The Descendants of Mike & Phoebe is a group named after their slave ancestors. Percussionists Billy Higgins and Sonny Brown join the Lee Family members for this one-of-a-kind album of legendary jazz.

"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 an 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."-  Drago Museveni

• 180g Vinyl
• Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering
• Made in the UK

Consuela Lee Moorhead, piano
Bill Lee, string bass
A. Grace Lee Mims, soprano
Clif Lee, fluegelhorn
Sonny Brown, percussionist
Billy Higgins, percussionist

Side One:

1. Two Songs For A Boy Named Mark:
a. Little Bitty Baby
b. Soliloquy To A Man-Child
2. Coltrane
3. Chick Chick
4. Well Done Weldon
5. A Spirit Speaks
Side Two:
1. Attica
2. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
3. Boll Weevil
4. Don't Be A Stranger
5. Too Little, Too Late

Recorded December 19, 20 & 21, 1973 at Minot Studios, White Plains, NY.

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