Personnel: Hank Crawford (alto saxophone, piano); Lou Marini (tenor saxophone); Howard Johnson (baritone saxophone); Alan Rubin, Lew Soloff (trumpet); Dr. John (piano); Gloria Coleman (organ); Melvin Sparks (guitar); Wilbur Bascomb (bass); Bernard Purdie (drums).
Recorded at Giant Studios, New York, New York in January & March 1990. Includes liner notes by Francis Davis.
Personnel: Hank Crawford (alto saxophone, electric piano); Melvin Sparks (guitar); Lou Marini (tenor saxophone); Howard Johnson (baritone saxophone, tuba); Alan Rubin, Lew Soloff (trumpet); Dr. John (piano); Gloria Coleman (organ); Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (drums).
Audio Mixer: Malcolm Addey.
Liner Note Author: Francis Davis.
Recording information: Giant Studios, New York, NY (01/1990-03/1990).
Photographer: Phil Bray.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Gloria Coleman; Alan Rubin; Lew Soloff; Lou Marini; Wilbur Bascomb, Jr.
Arranger: Hank Crawford.
Hank Crawford always puts a lot of passion into each note he plays. On this set of blues and soulful ballads, Crawford caresses each melody as usual but the lack of tempo variations and the generally so-so material keep this from being one of his more essential recordings. Guitarist Melvin Sparks has a few fine solos but otherwise the backup band (which includes pianist Dr. John, organist Gloria Coleman and an occasional brass section) sounds pretty anonymous. Although a pleasant enough listen, Hank Crawford has recorded many more significant dates than Groove Master. ~ Scott Yanow