The Creator 1969-1973: The Best of the Flying Dutchman Masters

The Creator 1969-1973: The Best of the Flying Dutchman Masters

by Leon ThomasLeon Thomas


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Leon Thomas was equally at home singing R&B, hard bop, swing, blues, avant jazz, and soul. He worked with everyone from Art Blakey and Count Basie to Roland Kirk, Pharoah Sanders, and Santana. Though he recorded and performed infrequently after the 1970s, his emotive phrasing, disciplined yodeling, and brave improvising influenced numerous vocalists who came later. Dean Rudland and Beat Goes Public Records have assembled 15 cuts from the records Thomas cut for Bob Thiele's first label after he left Impulse! They are not sequenced chronologically, but aesthetically. While "The Creator Has a Master Plan" is the best-known title here, Thomas' readings of "straight" jazz material such as Milt Jackson's "Bags' Groove," from 1971's Leon Thomas Album, or "Welcome to New York," from his appearance on Johnny Hodges' Three Shades of Blue (with Oliver Nelson) in 1970, also rate highly. "China Doll" melds spiritual jazz, blues, soul, and street swagger. "Shape Your Mind to Die" is an otherworldly modal vocal performance; it also features the most snaky, outside soprano playing of Pee Wee Ellis' career. It, along with the soaring "Come Along" (featuring Neal Creque and Billy Cobham), the funky "Let's Go Down to Lucy's," and "Love Each Other" are all included here from 1972's stellar Blues and the Soulful Truth. Thomas' reading of Santana's "Just in Time to See the Sun" is another standout as drummer Pretty Purdie, guitarist Joe Beck, and bassist Richard Davis lock in some deep funky grooves behind him. A previously unreleased version of "Um Um Um," from the concert that gave us Leon Thomas in Berlin in 1971, is a rare treat before the sprawling improvisation in the Afro-Latin jazz closer "Umbo Weti" from the same gig carries it out. For anyone who hasn't heard Thomas, doesn't own his records, or does and merely wants a killer representative collection, The Creator is it.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2013
Label: Beat Goes Public Bgp
UPC: 0029667525725
catalogNumber: 6752572
Rank: 59893

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leon Thomas   Primary Artist
Joe Beck   Electric Guitar
Ron Carter   Bass
Richard Davis   Bass,Electric Bass
Grey   Trombone
Billy Harper   Tenor Saxophone
Earl Hines   Piano
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Hank Jones   Piano
Cecil McBee   Bass
Oliver Nelson   Conductor,Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Owens   Trumpet
Jerome Richardson   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Lonnie Liston Smith   Piano
James Spaulding   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Grady Tate   Drums
Lani Hall   Background Vocals
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Tasha Thomas   Background Vocals
Bob Ashton   Saxophone
Danny Bank   Saxophone
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Billy Cobham   Drums
Neal Creque   Electric Piano
Bob Cunningham   Bass
Lloyd Davis   Electric Bass,Electric Guitar
Cornell Dupree   Electric Bass,Electric Guitar
John Eckert   Trombone
Gordon Edwards   Bass
Joe Farrell   Flute,Saxophone
Baba Feme   Percussion
Gene Golden   Percussion
Dick Griffin   Trumpet
Carl Hall   Background Vocals
Hilda Harris   Background Vocals
Roy Haynes   Drums
Lex Humphries   Drums
Jesse Kilpatrick   Drums
Richard Landrum   Percussion
Gunter Lenz   Bass
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Thomas Mitchell   Trombone
Sonny Morgan   Percussion
Albertine Robinson   Background Vocals
Pharoah Sanders   Tenor Saxophone
Donald Smith   Flute
David Spinozza   Guitar
Arthur Sterling   Flute,Piano
Frank Wess   Saxophone
John Williams   Guitar
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Howard Johnson   Bass
Jerry Dodgion   Saxophone
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis   Marimbas,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Purdie   Drums
Donald Pate   Bass

Technical Credits

Michael Shrieve   Composer
Milt Jackson   Composer
Oliver Nelson   Arranger
Leon Thomas   Composer
Aaron Bell   Composer
Gregg Rolie   Composer
Neal Creque   Composer
Jesse Kilpatrick   Composer
Glenn Osser   Arranger
Pharoah Sanders   Composer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Chuck Stewart   Illustrations
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes
Carlos Santana   Composer
Alfred Ellis   Composer
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis   Arranger
Carla Huston   Composer

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