Big John Patton - Soul Connection (1983)
Soul Jazz, Hammond Organ | MP3 320 kbps CBR | 40 min | 101 MB
Label: Just A Memory | Rel: 1983
Big John Patton's Soul Connection originally appeared on drummer Alvin Queen's Nilva label in 1983 just before the organist's "rediscovery" by John Zorn in the 1990s. It is the lost gem in his catalog and showcases him in one of the most provocative quintets in his career; it feels quite directly like an extension of Patton's late Blue Note period on titles like Memphis to New York Spirit and Accent on the Blues. Patton is accompanied here by the great soul-jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks; tenor saxman Grant Reed; trombonist, composer, and arranger Grachan Moncur III; and Queen who produced the set on drums. Musically, the material reflects the diverse range and demeanor of this band. Reed is the least well-known member, but his jazz and funk associations run deep. He appeared with Jack Walrath on the front line of Don Pullen's quintet, and in the early '70s was a member of Mongo Santamaria's band.