Friday, 4 October 2013

Jazz Soul Guitar Legends: Maynard Parker's Midnight Rider (1973)

Maynard Parker
''Midnight Rider''

( LP Prestige Records, 1973 )
Catalog # PRST 10054

This funky guitar album by Maynard Parker was recorded in November 1972 (tracks 5-8) and February 1973 (tracks 1-4), each session lasted a single day and featured a different lineup.
The personnel on tracks 1-4 is Ernest Hayes, George Duvivier, Jimmy Johnson and Buddy Lucas, while tracks 5-8 feature Richard Tee, Joe Beck, Ron Carter and Grady Tate.
The LP was released in 1973 on Prestige.
(From Hippy-DJKit)

A1 The World Is A Ghetto 5:40
A2 Killing Me Softly With His Song 4:45
A3 Midnight Rider 4:00
A4 Freedom Jazz Dance 2:50
B1 Mama Told Me Not To Come 5:00
B2 Lady Sings The Blues 4:42
B3 One Hand 6:05
B4 Bad Montana 2:45

Personnel & Credits:
Arranged By [Guitar] – Joe Beck (tracks: B1 to B4)
Artwork By, Photography – Tony Lane
Bass – George Duvivier (tracks: A1 to A4), Ron Carter (tracks: B1 to B4)
Drums – Grady Tate (tracks: B1 to B4), Jimmy Johnson (tracks: A1 to A4)
Electric Piano – Richard Tee (tracks: B1 to B4)
Electric Piano, Organ – Ernest Hayes (tracks: A1 to A4)
Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder
Guitar – Joe Beck (tracks: B1 to B4), Maynard Parker
Photography [Liner] – Lee Friedlander
Producer – Ozzie Cadena
Saxophone [Tenor], Harmonica – Buddy Lucas (tracks: A1)


''Midnight Rider''

Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. on November 7, 1972 (Side B) and February 2, 1973 (Side A)
Format:Vinyl, LP, Promo
Original vinyl rip courtesy of Smooth (My Jazz World blog)

Review & Comments:
This is a good Prestige album, this time by guitarist Maynard Parker (his 1st and only solo release?). Parker starts off with four straight covers. The first is a good version of The World Is A Ghetto, which switches back and forth between some straight jazz guitar playing and some funky wah wah action. A cover of Killing Me Softly is next, which is decent, but then the title track, a Greg Allman number, has its moments as well, even though it has some country rock flavor to it. Parker finishes off the side with Freedom Jazz Dance, which has a heavy organ line by Ernest Hayes. Mama Told Me Not To Come, the first song on the B-side, with its easily recognizable melody, and One Hand also have their moments. Bad Montana finishes off the album with Parker working up and down the scales and using the wah wah pedal more in a fast paced number.
From SoulStrut


''Bad Montana''

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