Reuben Wilson – Blue Mode (1969) [2014 Japan SHM-CD 24-192 Remaster]

Artist: Reuben Wilson
Title: Blue Mode [Japan SHM-CD 24-192 Remaster]
Year Of Release: 2014 (1969)
Label: Universal Japan [TYCJ-81092]
Genre: Jazz / Jazz Funk / Soul Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue,log,scans)
Total Time: 41:47
Total Size: 573 MB

Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD player) and the latest 24bit 192kHz remastering. Heavy funk from the mighty Reuben Wilson – one of his first few albums for Blue Note, and a solid soulful groover that’s right up there with Lou Donaldson’s work for the label at the time! Tracks are nice and long, and pretty open – often with that kicking drum sound at the bottom that you’d normally associate with Idris Muhammad, but which is handled here by Tommy Derrick on drums. Melvin Sparks plays some mighty mean guitar – in that great lean early style of his – and the group’s completed by John Manning on tenor, a player we don’t know at all – but whose lines here are a great counterpart to Wilson’s heavy Hammond! Titles include "Orange Peel", "Blue Mode", "Bambu", "Knock On Wood", "Twenty Five Miles", and "Bus Ride".

01 – Bambu
02 – Knock On Wood
03 – Bus Ride
04 – Orange Peel
05 – Twenty-Five Miles
06 – Blue Mode
Reuben Wilson – organ
John Manning – tenor saxophone
Melvin Sparks – guitar
Tommy Derrick – drums

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