Keno Duke / Contemporaries - Sense Of Values (LP-1974)

Genre: Jazz / Contemporary Jazz | Total Time: 41:42 | Size: 407.28 MB | FLAC
Side A
A1 - Sense Of Values .... 4:48
A2 - Mirage .... 9:25
A3 - Tibiron .... 5:50

Side B
B1 - Too Late, Fall Back Baby .... 7:00
B2 - D.R.T.  .... 8:16
B3 - Bajan-Bajan .... 6:12

Keno Duke – drums, percussion
George Coleman – tenor saxophone
Harold Mabern – piano
Lisle Atkinson – bass
Frank Strozier – flute, alto saxophone

Label: Strata-East – SES-7416
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: US / Released: 1974
Style: Contemporary Jazz, Modal, Hard Bop
Recorded, mixed and edited at Minot Studios, White Plains, N.Y.
Graphics – Theodore Plair
Painting [Cover] – Roland Bloch
Photography By – Manos Angelakis
Engineer – Ron Carran
Produced by Ja Co Productions
Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched): SES-7416-A
Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched): SES-7416-B

KENO DUKE – Sense of Values (1974) Strata-East-7416.  An amazing modal / spiritual session the great drummer Keno Duke joined by Harold Mabern on piano, George Coleman on tenor sax, Lisle Atkinson on bass and Frank Strozier on alto sax and flute. This is a rare and sought-after release on the great Strata-East Records label.

Sustained rhythmic momentum was never a problem for Keno Duke's jazz quintet, Contemporaries, on this album you will enjoy in selections that were brimming with imagination, color and solo excitement.
Man for man, the group is exceptionally strong. It has two outstanding and contrasting saxophonists—George Coleman, a tenor saxophonist who is a solid, consistent follower of the John Coltrane style, and Frank Strozier, an altoist whose clean, precisely shaped notes and flowing phrases sound like a nineteen-seventies Jimmy Dorsey. Harold Mabern has long been a pianist with a startling manner of overwhelming the piano in his solos and providing unusually strong background for other soloists, here surely complemented by Lisle Atkinson on bass and Mr. Duke on drums.
When their talents were applied to the fresh, provocative lines and harmonies of such pieces as “Mirage”, “Too Late, Fall Back Baby”, "D.R.T." or "Bajan-Bajan", they produced jazz that sparkled with vitality and gave Mr. Mabern and Mr. Strozier stimulating showcases for their solo talents. These performances maintained so high and distinctive a level. This is a beautiful spiritual jazz.

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