Among the key songs from the vaults of Atlantic that are included on this collection are "Jimmy Mack," Quincy Jones' "In The Heat of the Night," and Crawford's own composition, "Skunky Green." Notable session players on "Double Cross" include Pepper Adams, David Newman and Jack McDuff.
2 LPs on 1 CD: TRUE BLUE (1964)/DOUBLE CROSS (1968).
Personnel includes: Hank Crawford (alto saxophone, piano); Wilbur Brown, James Clay, Wendell Harrison, David Newman (tenor saxophone); Alexander Nelson, Leroy Cooper, Pepper Adams, Alenzo C. Shaw (baritone saxophone); John Hunt (trumpet, flugelhorn); Lewis Worrell, Charlie Green, Edgar Willis (bass); Bruno Carr (drums).
Producers: Neshui Ertegun, Joel Dorn, Arif Mardin.
Originally released on Atlantic (1423) & Atlantic (1503).
Personnel: Hank Crawford (alto saxophone, piano); Sonny Forriest, Carl Lynch (guitar); David "Fathead" Newman , Wilbur Brown, James Clay , Wendell Harrison (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams, Leroy Cooper (baritone saxophone); John Hunt (trumpet, horns); Fielder Floyd, Joe Newman , Melvin Lastie, Julius Brooks (trumpet); Tony Studd (trombone); Jack McDuff (piano); Carl Lott, Wilbert G.T. Hogan, Milt Turner, Bruno Carr (drums).
Liner Note Author: Joel Dorn.
This two-fer from Collectables features a pair of out of print Hank Crawford LPs: True Blue and Double Cross, originally issued in 1964 and 1968, respectively. These 18 soul-jazz tracks include "Shake a Plenty," "Skunky Green'," and Martha & the Vandellas' hit "Jimmy Mack." This is an enjoyable reissue, although most listeners would be better served with Heart and Soul: The Hank Crawford Anthology on Rhino. ~ Al Campbell