Thursday, 9 June 2011

Joe Farrell - Night Dancing (1978)

02.Silver Lace
03.Now Deep is Your Love
04.Come Rain Or Come Shine
05.Another Star
06.Casa De Los Sospensos
07.Night Dancing
08.You're In My Heart (the Final Acclaim).

Joe Farrell : Tenor Saxophone
Victor Feldman : Electric Piano
Lee Ritenour : Guitar
Mike Porcaro : Bass
John Guerin : Drums
Richard Greene : Violins
Michael Boddicker : Synthesizer & Clavinet
Jeff Porcaro : Drums
Herbie Hancock : Electric Piano
Chuck Rainey : Bass
John Guerin : Drums
Airto Moreira : Cuica
Oscar Brashear : Trumpet
Chuck Findley : Trumpet
Lew McCreary : Bass Trombone
Garnet Brown : Trombone
Joe Romano : Tenor Saxophone
Quitman Dennis : Baritone Saxophone
Jay Graydon : Guitar
Abraham Laboriel : Bass
Harvey Mason : Drums
Paulinho Da Costa : Conga
Lynda Tucker Lawrence, Andrea Robinson, Bill Bedford & Alex Brown : Vocals
Flora Purim : Vocal
Robert W. Daugherty : Bass

After his association with CTI ended, Joe Farrell made two weak and rather commercial sets for Warner Bros., of which this LP is the second. Although Farrell gets in a few good spots on tenor, soprano and flute, the strictly for-the-money arrangements of Trevor Lawrence and the excess of musicians sinks this effort. The version of Stevie Wonder's "Another Star" is dominated by dull "background" vocalists; most songs have instantly dated funk played by the rhythm section, and the talents of keyboardists Herbie Hancock and Victor Feldman are wasted. Only a three-and-a-half-minute unaccompanied tenor solo on "Come Rain or Come Shine" by Farrell still sounds good 20 years later. ~ Scott Yanow.
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