Help Me Make It Through the Night [Japan]

Help Me Make It Through the Night [Japan]

by Hank CrawfordHank Crawford


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Help Me Make It Through the Night is one of those Hank Crawford albums: large band, many horns, funky chunky Hammond B-3, strings, and polyrhythms dropping all over the arrangements by Don Sebesky and company. This 1972 set by Crawford is an exemplary portrait of his movin' and groovin' style. With the help of Sebesky and Pee Wee Ellis, Crawford provides the deep groove side of his work without reservation. Jazz takes a back seat as the R&B pours forth all sweaty, greasy, and dripping with a raw, honeylike sweetness. With cats like Airto, Eric Gale, Cornell Dupree, Grover Washington, Jr., Pepper Adams, Snooky Young, and Richard Tee in the house, a masterful groove session was to be expected. Listeners get their money's worth after the opener, which is the title track. With the Junior Walker stinging alto countered by the Hammond, the mess is loose and the vibe is pure downtown. Other cuts such as "Imagine," "Go Away Little Girl," "Brian's Song" -- perfect string arrangement by Sebesky -- and "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" make this a date of some of the most stellar covers Crawford ever cut. There are no extra notes, but there are plenty of extra beats; the improvisation is red hot, but the strings and supporting rhythm section are out of this world. Help Me Make It Through the Night is indeed one of those Crawford records. [CTI Japan reissued the album in 2007.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/15/2017
Label: Imports
UPC: 4988003514167
catalogNumber: 0351416

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hank Crawford   Primary Artist,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Pepper Adams   Baritone Saxophone
Ron Carter   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Pee Wee Ellis   Conductor
Airto Moreira   Percussion
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Alfred Brown   Viola
DeRisi   Trumpet
Cornell Dupree   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Don Sebesky   Conductor
Bernard Eichen   Violin
Eric Gale   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Felix Giglio   Violin
Emanuel Green   Violin
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Idris Muhammad   Drums
Theodore Israel   Viola
Harold Kohon   Violin
Phil Kraus   Vibes
Joseph Malin   Violin
Charles McCracken   Cello
Gene Orloff   Violin
Max Pollikoff   Violin
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
George Ricci   Cello
Margaret Ross   Harp
Richard Tee   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano
Grover Washington   Tenor Saxophone
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Emanuel Vardi   Viola
DeRise   Trumpet
Elliot Rosoff   Violin

Technical Credits

Pee Wee Ellis   Arranger
Arnaldo DeSouteiro   Liner Notes
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Creed Taylor   Producer,Original Album Producer
Susumu Morikawa   Reissue Producer

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