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Reuben Wilson - Blue Mode (1969) [Reissue 1997]

15-09-2014, 14:27
Jazz | Soul | Funk | FLAC / APE

Reuben Wilson - Blue Mode (1969) [Reissue 1997]

Artist: Reuben Wilson
Title Of Album: Blue Mode
Year Of Release: 1997
Label: Blue Note / CDP8299062
Genre: Funk, Jazz, Soul
Total Time: 41:48 min
Format: FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 267 mb

If Love Bug skirted the edges of free jazz and black power, Blue Mode embraces soul-jazz and Memphis funk in no uncertain terms. Opening with the cinematic, stuttering "Bambu" and running through a set of relaxed, funky grooves -- including covers of Eddie Floyd's "Knock on Wood" and Edwin Starr's "Twenty-Five Miles" -- Blue Mode isn't strictly a jazz album, but its gritty, jazzy vamps and urban soul-blues make it highly enjoyable. Reuben Wilson has a laid-back, friendly style and his supporting band -- tenor saxophonist John Manning, guitarist Melvin Sparks, and drummer Tommy Derrick -- demonstrate a similarly warm sense of tone. While none of them break through with any improvisations that would satiate hardcore jazz purists, they know how to work a groove, and that's what makes Blue Mode a winner.


1 Bambu Sparks 8:03
2 Knock on Wood Cropper, Floyd 6:09
3 Bus Ride Wilson 6:09
4 Orange Peel Wilson 6:36
5 Twenty-Five Miles Bristol, Fuqua, Starr 7:11
6 Blue Mode Wilson 7:26

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