Crippled Black Phoenix is a supergroup, formed by musicians who were all involved with other projects, notably Dominic Aitchison of Mogwai, although drummer Justin Greaves (Electric Wizard) is the driving force behind the band. Over the course of their career, Crippled Black Phoenix have refined their sound and become progressively more adventurous. Progressive is the operative word, because CBP certainly have the trappings of a prog rock band in the mould of Pink Floyd in their pomp, with a side order of Black Sabbath thrown in for good measure…
Effortless Cool is an album by Homespun, a collaborative project between Sam Brown and Dave Rotheray. "Sweetness," "Italy," and "Minute" are among the tracks.
Homespun is the improbable union of one of Britain's most original songwriters with one of our most distinctive singers. Sam Brown and Dave Rotheray are both celebrated artists within their own right. Brown was made famous by her classic hit 'Stop' (which has been covered by Jamelia and features on the soundtrack to "Bridget Jones, The Edge Of Reason") and Rotheray has enjoyed incredible success as the songwriter and guitarist in The Beautiful South.
This CD should greatly interest all Jimmy Smith collectors, including those who already have the original LP. In addition to four excellent selections (quintets with altoist Lou Donaldson, Tina Brooks on tenor, guitarist Eddie McFadden, either Art Blakey or Donald Bailey on drums and the organist/leader), there are three previously unissued numbers from the same gig, featuring the quartet of Donaldson, Smith, McFadden and Bailey. ~ AllMusic
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