*JUST IN* Leon Thomas – Blues And The Soulful Truth – Flying Dutchman CD

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*JUST IN* Leon Thomas – Blues And The Soulful Truth – Flying Dutchman CD

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Leon Thomas’ “Blues And The Soulful Truth” is rightly considered a masterpiece of early 70s jazz vocal. Bob Thiele, Flying Dutchman’s owner, had seen the success of Esther Phillips’ “From A Whisper To A Scream”, which featured the arranging skills of Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis, the former leader of James Brown’s band. He figured a similar mix of jazz, blues and soul, could do the same for Thomas, and brought Ellis on board. ‘Love Each Other’ and ‘L-O-V-E’ find Thomas in Donny Hathaway territory, performing danceable and exciting soul, while covers of ‘Boom-Boom-Boom’ and ‘C.C. Rider’ show him to be a natural blues singer. However, it is with the jazzier numbers that the employment of Ellis really pays off. ‘Shape Your Mind To Die’, featuring a distinctive Eastern soprano sax motif from Ellis, is one of the finest moment in Thomas’ entire catalogue, while ‘China Doll’ is a beautiful jazz ballad and ‘Gypsy Queen’ adds vocals to a number made famous by Santana. All in all, the album is a rare and wonderful treat.

tracklist:

01 Let’s Go Down To Lucy’s
02 L-O-V-E
03 Gypsy Queen
04 Love Each Other
05 Shape Your Mind To Die
06 Boom-Boom-Boom
07 China Doll
08 C.C. Rider

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Artist

Leon Thomas

Title

Blues And The Soulful Truth

Label

Flying Dutchman

Product#

187432

Cat#

CDBGPM 277

Release Date

2022

Grade Disc

NEW

Grade Cover

NEW

Release Info

1972

Compilation

NO

Distributed Item

YES

Reissue

YES

Country

UK

Picture Sleeve

YES