Personnel includes: George Cables (piano, electric piano, synthesizer);
Larry Klimas (saxophone, flute); Bennie Maupin (saxophone, bass clarinet); Gary Bartz (saxophone); Ralf Rickert (trumpet, flugelhorn); Alphonso Johnson, Abe Laboriel (bass); Vinnie Coliauta, Peter Erskine (drums); Luis Conte, Pat Murphy (percussion).
Engineers: Patrick "Michael" Murphy, William "Fundi" Bonner.
Recorded at Sounds On Rome Studios, Los Angeles, California. Includes liner notes by Patrick Michael Murphy and Chip Stern.
Personnel: George Cables (piano, electric piano); Larry Kilmas (flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Bennie Maupin (bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Gary Bartz (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Ralph Rickert (trumpet, flugelhorn); Peter Erskine (drums, shaker); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Pat Murphy (congas, claves, cowbells, shaker, triangle, wind chime); Luis Conte (timbales).
Liner Note Authors: Chip Stern; Patrick Michael Murphy.
Recording information: Sounds On Rome, Los Angeles, CA.
Arranger: George Cables.
This intriguing set for pianist George Cables is in some ways a throwback to the 1970s. Although he has often played hard bop in recent times, in the '70s he was more eclectic, so he is heard on both acoustic and electric pianos. The music (all his originals except for the spiritual "Go Down Moses") is soulful and sometimes funky, hinting at 1970s fusion and pop in spots while still swinging. Cables is heard with two different rhythm sections (either bassist Abraham Laboriel and drummer Peter Erskine or bassist Alphonso Johnson and drummer Vinny Coliauta) with guest appearances from Bennie Maupin on bass clarinet and altoist Gary Bartz. This small label release is worth searching for. ~ Scott Yanow