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Searching for the One


  • 1. Spirit of Jazz Today, Pt. 1, The (This Groove)
    2. Call, The
    3. Double Standard
    4. Twelve Tone Blue (Intro) - (intro)
    5. Twelve Tone Blue
    6. How Dare You
    7. So You Say
    8. Faraal
    9. After (Intro) - (intro)
    10. After
    11. Church Bells
    12. Nami
    13. Spirit of Jazz Today, Pt. 2, The (Leimert Park)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1015

  • Credits
    ProducerHerb Graham, Jr.
    EngineerRich Breen

    Personnel: Randall Willis (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Rodney Lee (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Herb Graham, Jr. (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Rich Breen .
    Liner Note Author: Herb Graham, Jr.
    Recording information: Mama Jo's (05/14/1996-05/16/1996).
    Photographer: Greg Allen.
    Arranger: Herb Graham, Jr.
    On their third release for the MAMA Foundation, the B Sharp Jazz Quartet was clearly looking to stretch their appeal beyond a jazz audience. The opening and closing verbal narrations are rather forgettable if harmless and a few of the numbers are more groove-oriented than one might expect. However the band has not given up its left-of-center nature and there are plenty of stirring improvisations by Randall Willis (doubling on tenor and soprano) and pianist-organist Rodney Lee while bassist Osama Afifi and drummer Herb Graham Jr. (who co-leads the group with Willis) offer fine support. Most memorable are such originals as "Twelve Tone Blue," "How Dare You," "Church Bells" and the brooding "Nami." ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (2/97, p.102) - "...The musical concept is versatile, free-flowing and heavily rhythmic, accented by numerous superb solos....Absolutely, take this one home."
    Option (11-12/96, p.96) - "...owes its sound to an Art Blakey-derived, hard-bop springboard, but it reaches into the innovations of the Last Poets, Coltrane, the soul jazz movement and of late '60s Miles Davis....essentially acoustic, the quartet dances around with contemporary urban rhythms..."
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