Odean Pope has always been about collective voices. First there was the Music Revelation Ensemble playing with Blood Ulmer, then there was his saxophone choir, and the many bands he may have named but played in as a member, not a frontperson. And here, with bassist Tyrone Brown and drummer Craig McIver, Pope is doing it again. If one listens closely to the interplay of the rhythm section in relation to Pope, it becomes clear. He could not solo in quite this way without them, nor they him. But it is in the complexity of his compositions that his true idea of collectivity is revealed. In the two takes here of "You and Me," we can hear how he creates a line and metered statement to be followed and then inverted by the rhythm section.
Classic Mellow, Vol. 4 includes many mellow lost treasures. Many of these extended versions were available to the buying public; some were only issued for promotional purposes to radio stations and street and club DJs. Feast on Prince's protegee Taja Sevelle's "Love Is Contagious," Patrice Rushen's "Feels So Real (Won't Let Go)," Meli'sa Morgan's sensual cover of Prince's "Do Me Baby," the Stanley Clarke/Howard Hewett duet "Heaven Sent You," Richard "Dimples" Fields' "She's Got Papers on Me," the answer record "She's Got the Papers (I Got the Man)" by Barbara Mason, and the "Juicy Fruit" sound-alike "Sugarfree" by Juicy. Classic Mellow,Vol 4 is available in both a two-record set and a single CD.