Widely acknowledged as one of the finest of the American Idol winners, Phillip Phillips suffered the shrapnel from arriving too late in the show's run to turn into a true superstar. He came storming out of the gates with "Home," his coronation song for taking the crown in the eleventh season of American Idol in 2012, but once his 2014 sophomore set Behind the Light stiffed, he became embroiled in a lawsuit with 19 Entertainment – another sign that he was hobbled by appearing on Idol late in its run, when all of the management contracts were ironclad.
To say that this limited-edition six-LP Mosaic box is overflowing with classics is an understatement. Included are a variety of small-group sessions (with overlapping personnel) from the early days of Blue Note. The Edmond Hall Celeste Quartet has five songs that are the only existing examples of Charlie Christian playing acoustic guitar; clarinetist Hall, Meade Lux Lewis (on celeste), and bassist Israel Crosby complete the unique group. The king of stride piano, James P. Johnson, is heard on eight solos; other combos are led by Johnson, Hall (who heads four groups in all), trumpeter Sidney DeParis, and trombonist Vic Dickenson (heard in a 1952 quartet with organist Bill Doggett).
Digitally re-mastered two-for containing a pair of albums from the American singer/songwriter on one CD: Contribution (1970) and Second Contribution (1971). Shawn Phillips is one of most fascinating and enigmatic artists to come out of the early '70's singer/songwriter boom. The fact that he was a musician as much as a singer/songwriter made him stand out, and his refusal to shape his music which crosses between Folk-Rock, Jazz, Progressive, Pop and Classical to anyone else's expectations has allowed him to hold onto a large and dedicated following.
SoulMusic Records is very proud to present A Beautiful Friendship: The Kudu Anthology, 1971-1976, a two CD homage to the late, great Esther Phillips drawn from the most productive and successful period of her three-and-a-half decades-long career, the five years she spent with Kudu Records, an imprint of the legendary CTI label.