Personnel includes: Bobbi Humphrey (vocals, flute); Larry Mizell (arranger, conductor, trumpet, Fender Rhodes piano, ARP synthesizer, background vocals); Jerry Peters (trumpet, piano); Fonce Mizell (trumpet, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, background vocals); Chuck Davis (trumpet, background vocals); Don Preston, Phil Davis (Moog synthesizer); Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin, John Rowin (guitar); Chuck Rainey, Wayne Tweed (electric bass); Harvey Mason (drums); King Errison (congas); Stephany Spruill, Roger Sainte (percussion); Freddie Perren, Samantha Harris (background vocals).
Producers: Larry Mizell, Chuck Davis.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at The Sound Factory, Hollywood, California between July & September 1974. Originally released on Blue Note (344).
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This is part of Blue Note's "Rare Groove" series.
Personnel: Bobbi Humphrey (vocals, flute); Fonce Mizell (vocals, trumpet, electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, clavichord, background vocals); Larry Mizell (vocals, trumpet, electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer, ARP synthesizer, background vocals); Freddie Perren (vocals, background vocals); John Rowin, Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin (guitar); Jerry Peters (trumpet, piano, Clavinet, clavichord); Chuck Davis (trumpet, background vocals); Don Preston (synthesizer, Moog synthesizer); Phil Davis (Moog synthesizer); Chuck Rainey (electric bass); Harvey Mason, Sr. (drums); King Errisson (congas); Roger Sainte, Stephanie Spruill (percussion); Samantha Harris (background vocals).
Audio Remixer: David Hassinger .
Recording information: Hollywood, CA (06/20/1974-08/05/1974); The Sound Factory, Los Angeles, CA (06/20/1974-08/05/1974).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Carol Campbell; Joseph Porter III.
Arranger: Larry Mizell.
Named after Duke Ellington's classic "Satin Doll" -- which producers Fonce Mizell and Freddie Perren give a '70s feel here -- this delightful LP is further indication of Bobbi Humphrey's God-given gifts. "Ladies Day" is syncopated and spacy; Humphrey's flute stalks the groove like a hungry cat. Everyone seems awestruck on "San Francisco Lights"; the tribute to the Golden Gate City opens with some shimmering effects and never progresses above a waltz tempo. Like a good painting, something new is revealed every time you hear this one. Humphrey's sweet, sensitive soprano voice shines on "My Little Girl," a song about her baby girl. Beam with the new mom as she relates the joys her baby has brought her. A tasty rendition of Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" is done in straight roadhouse style. The superb midtempo "New York Times" is cool contemporary fusion, and Humphrey blows in, out, around, over, and under the airy percolating track. You have no heart if you can't feel the pain on "Rain Again," a moody, somber instrumental. This album isn't as compelling as Blacks and Blues, but is far more impressive than the jazz fusion happening at the same time. ~ Andrew Hamilton