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miércoles, 28 de junio de 2017

Melvin Sparks • Spark Plug





Review by Richie Unterberger
Sparks used a similar soul-jazz approach as he had on his previous Prestige session (Sparks!), revamping the lineup to put Reggie Roberts on organ and a young Grover Washington, Jr. on tenor sax (Idris Muhammad remained behind the drums). He also introduced some compositions of his own this time around; three of the five numbers are Sparks originals. It's more relaxed, funky, occasionally bluesy jazz with guitar and organ to the fore, very much of a piece with the Prestige soul-jazz "house" sound circa 1970. Pleasant fare, although it does tend to fade into suitable background music instead of attracting attention or intense scrutiny.


Tracks:
A1 Who's Gonna Take The Weight? 9:05
A2 Spark Plug 8:50
B1 Conjunction Mars 8:05
B2 Alone Together 4:14
B3 Dig Dis 6:45

credits:
Guitar – Melvin Sparks
Drums – Idris Muhammad
Organ – Leon Spencer Jr.* (tracks: A1),
Reggie Roberts (tracks: A2 to B3)
Tenor Saxophone – Grover Washington Jr.*
Trumpet – Virgil Jones

Recorded At:
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs,
NJ, March 1, 1971, March 8, 1971
Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder
Released: 1971


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