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sábado, 18 de junio de 2016

Freddie Roach • The Soul Book - Mocha Motion!

Review by Steve Huey
As Freddie Roach's Blue Note career progressed, his work increasingly celebrated contemporary black culture, and accordingly developed a greater interest in funky, jukebox-ready grooves, a stylistic departure from his initial melodic finesse. Roach took both interests with him to Prestige, as demonstrated on The Soul Book/Mocha Motion, a U.K.-only two-fer compiling his first two albums for the label. Roach definitely brings the hard funk on parts of The Soul Book, but there's a laid-back, even meditative quality to others, which is surprising since his liner notes seem to suggest a concept album about the urban grit of Harlem. That isn't a problem, though; The Soul Book is a fine effort that, even if it doesn't hang together quite as well as his Blue Note dates, does find Roach exploring an impressively wide range of sounds. Mocha Motion is a more consistently funky affair than its eclectic predecessor, and that's both a good and bad thing. Good, because the album works up a solid groove that's maintained from start to finish; bad, because more of the material leans toward the generic. There's an underlying Latin tinge to many of the tracks thanks to conga player Ralph Dorsey, but the dominant feel is unquestionably soul-jazz. Roach partially redeems the less memorable tracks with his fleet-fingered solo work, but it's not quite enough to prevent Mocha Motion from becoming one of his weaker releases. Still, heard in this context as part of a two-fer, it's certainly passable, and the overall package will be worth tracking down for the bigger fans of Roach's brand of soul-jazz.

01. Spacious
02. Avatara
03. Tenderly
04. One Track Mind
05. You've Got Your Troubles
06. The Bees
07. Samba De Orfeo
08. (Good) Morning Time
09. Money (That's What I Want)
10. Stinky Fingers
11. Here Comes The Mocha Man
12. Johnnie's Comin' Home No More
13. Warning Shot

Organ, Vocals - Freddie Roach
Saxophone - Edlin "Buddy" Terry
Guitar - Vinnie Corrao
Guitar - Skeeter Best
Drums - Ray Lucas
Drums - Jackie Mills
Drums - Eddie Gladden
Congas - Ralph A. Dorsey
Congas - King Errisson

Soul Book
Recorded June 13 & 28, 1966
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs

Mocha Motion!
Recorded January 5, 1967
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs

178 MB / 320 Kbps

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