Saturday, February 20, 2010

Esther PHILLIPS - Alone Again, Naturally 1972

Esther PHILLIPS - Alone Again, Naturally 1972
KU 09


One of the deepest soul sets from Esther Phillips' 70s years on Kudu Records a set with some nicely gritty grooves and a surprisingly earthy feel at times especially when compared to some of her other albums of the time! Backings are by James Brown's old reedman, Pee Wee Ellis and although there's some of the usual Kudu electric funk in the mix, there's also some deeper soul elements too which is a mighty good fit for Esther's wonderful voice! As usual for Kudu, the players are an all-star lineup one that includes Richard Tee on keyboards, George Benson on guitar, Maceo Parker on tenor, and Bernard Purdie and Billy Cobham on drums and Don Sebesky's also on deck a bit, to sweeten a few tracks up with light strings. The album's got a great version of Bill Withers' "Use Me" that features a tasty break in the intro and other titles include a great version of "Alone Again (Naturally)", plus the cuts "Let's Move & Groove", "Cherry Red", "Let Me In Your Life", and "You & Me Together".
By Dusty Groove.
Arranged By- Pee Wee Ellis
Bass- Gordon Edwards , Ron Carter
Drums- Bernard Purdie , Billy Cobham
Guitar- Cornell Dupree , Eric Gale , George Benson
Percussion- Ralph MacDonald
Piano- Richard Wyands
Piano, Organ- Richard Tee
Alto Sax- Hank Crawford
Baritone Sax- Cecil Payne
Tenor Saxophone- Maceo Parker
Trombone- Sam Burtis
Trumpet, Flugelhorn- John Eckert , John Gatchell
Vocals- Esther Phillips
A1. Use Me 3:50
A2. I Don't Want To Do Wrong 4:15
A3. Let's Move & Groove 3:40
A4. Let Me In Your Life 3:35
A5. Cherry Red 4:30
B1. I've Never Found A Man (To Love Me Like You Do) 3:25
B2. Alone Again (Naturally) 3:21
B3. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man 3:25
B4. You & Me Together 3:18
B5. Georgia Rose 5:00

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