Raw Root

Raw Root

by Harold AlexanderHarold Alexander


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Its title to the contrary, Raw Root is Harold Alexander's slickest LP and, perhaps as a consequence, his weakest -- embracing fusion sensibilities and slower, profoundly mellow grooves, it sacrifices the fervor of his previous Flying Dutchman dates, although the cosmic reach of his signature flute remains intact. Paired with a supporting cast including the great Richard Davis on bass and the aptly named Brian Breaks on drums, Alexander largely eschews the wild scatting that highlighted his breakthrough Sunshine Man in favor of a more subdued palette reminiscent of Herbie Mann's own Atlantic sessions -- it's difficult to shake the sense he's holding back here, and the fusion emphasis that dominates Raw Root's latter half further suggests that Alexander is repressing his more avant impulses in favor of a commercial approach.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2010
Label: Wounded Bird
UPC: 0664140165724
catalogNumber: 1657
Rank: 39905

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harold Alexander   Primary Artist,Flute,Saxophone
George Cables   Piano
Lenny White   Drums
Junior Hanson   Guitar
Billy Alessi   Synthesizer
Richard David   Bass
Arif Mardin   Conductor
Richard Clay   Flute
Something Different   Background Vocals
Tequilla   Vocals
Joe Boner   Keyboards
Brian Breaks   Drums

Technical Credits

Harold Alexander   Composer,Liner Notes
Jimmy Douglass   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Arif Mardin   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Richard Clay   Composer

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