Greeting’s on this wonderful Holiday Season … I’m delighted to share with you three Imported contemporaryjazz classics from the latter 70s to 1981 featuring flutist Bobbi Humphrey, keyboardist Ronnie Foster and Rodney Franklin. All recordings are now available at Dusty Groove.
Bobbi Humphrey | Tailor Made – [Epic (Japan), 1977]Sure, it’s after the Blue Note/Larry Mizell years — but Bobbi Humphrey’s still kicking ass! Instead of Larry Mizell, Bobbi’s working with Skip Scarborough — and she’s hitting a groove that’s a bit smoother and more modern than before, but every bit as sweetly funky and seriously soulful! Bobbi vocalizes a bit amidst spacey jazzy arrangements, and her flute is crystal clear throughout — warmly jazzy, blended with some great soul backings — at a level that’s even more sublime than some of the other Columbia fusion of the time! The title cut, “Tailor Made“, is a monster mellow groover with a great slinky sound — and the album’s got plenty of other nice ones, like “Jealousy”, “Lover to Lover”, and “Fajehzo“. Continue reading