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Monday, 11 July 2011

Wilbert Longmire - "The Best Of Wilbert Longmire"

Tappan Zee / Columbia AL 37094 (USA), 1981   

Blessed with an angelic voice and awesome guitar 'chops', fusioneer Wilbert Longmire appears here on six tracks culled from his 3 albums for Tappan Zee Records, Sunny Side Up (1978), Champagne (1979) and All My Love (1980).  With the likes of label chief Bob James (also arranger and composer of some of the tracks) and Richard Tee on keyboards, bass supremo Gary King, exemplary funk drummer Harvey Mason and guest appearances by two of the era's most impressive saxophonists, altoist Dave Sanborn and tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker, we have Longmire offering a rhythmic / melodic mix that combines style with grace and charm, but he also burns on some of the tracks.  The selections are: 'Music Speaks Louder Than Words', 'Black Is The Colour', 'Ragtown', 'Love Why Don't You Find Us', 'Pleasure Island', and 'Love's Holiday'.  So, a rare album by an unjustly neglected singer/guitarist from the much maligned 'fusion' era. 

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