Shirley Scott – Shirley Scott & The Soul Saxes (1969)

Undeservedly obscure but near essential in your collection, this recording from the peak Atlanta Records soul era features some major players and a great set list. In itself this is no guarantee of a classic; this dynamite disc, however, delivers the goods in abundance. Organist Shirley Scott had been a prolific soul-jazz recording artist since … Continue reading Shirley Scott – Shirley Scott & The Soul Saxes (1969)

Hank Crawford – Double Cross (1968)

This fine soul-jazz/R&B release is a real showcase for Hank Crawford's talents as alto sax soloist and arranger for horns (featuring David Newman on tenor and Pepper Adams on baritone). The skills he learned as musical director for Ray Charles in the early 60's are used to full effect here. This is an album of … Continue reading Hank Crawford – Double Cross (1968)