Tom Scott & the L.A. Express/Tom Cat/New York Connection

Tom Scott & the L.A. Express/Tom Cat/New York Connection

by Tom Scott & the L.A. ExpressTom Scott & the L.A. Express


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The second chapter in BGO's reissue program from saxophonist Tom Scott's Epic period assembles three albums from the mid-'70s on two discs. Unlike his GRP sides of a decade later, these three dates all feature Scott blowing with imagination and power, even at the funkiest of times. Included are 1974's Tom Scott & the L.A. Express, and 1975's Tom Cat and New York Connection. The first of these albums featured Scott's best all-around band with Joe Sample on keyboards, guitarist Larry Carlton, drummer John Guerin, and bassist Max Bennett. Polished? Yeah, but gritty, too: check the utterly reivisioned reading of John Coltrane's "Dahomey Dance" as a jazz-funk groover, or uptempo jams such as "L.A. Expression" and "Nunya." Sample and Carlton left the band before Tom Cat and were replaced by guitarist Robben Ford and keyboardist Larry Nash, and the results are just as compelling. Hard groovers like "Rock Island Rocket," the melodic bump of the title track, and the popping "Backfence Cattin," make this a prime exercise. Joni Mitchell even shows up for a bit of wordless vocalizing on the languid "Love Poem." New York Connection, while more polished and less intensely funky than its predecessors, is still completely worthwhile. Scott works with a rotating cast of sidemen who include Bob James, Richard Tee, Hugh McCracken, Eric Gale, Ralph MacDonald, Steve Gadd, Chuck Findley, and Dick Hyde. Former Beatle George Harrison takes a signature slide guitar break on the sweet "Appolonia." Other standouts include the fingerpopping "Uptown & Country" (which borrows equally from Motown and Stax) and the dancefloor strut of "Midtown Rush," with its wild meld of synth and treated harmonica. These records may be of their time, but they also stand its test.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/11/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 5017261211378
catalogNumber: 2491165
Rank: 16364

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Scott & the L.A. Express   Primary Artist
George Harrison   Slide Guitar
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Robben Ford   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bob James   Electric Piano
Joe Sample   Keyboards
Tom Scott   Flute,Harmonica,Percussion,Horn,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Moog Synthesizer,Lyricon,Woodwind
Max Bennett   Bass
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Steve Gadd   Drums
Eric Gale   Bass,Guitar
John Guerin   Percussion,Drums
Gary King   Bass
Hugh McCracken   Guitar,Harmonica,Slide Guitar
Larry Nash   Organ,Electric Piano,ARP
Richard Tee   Keyboards
Dick Hyde   Trombone,Bass Trumpet
Ralph McDonald   Percussion

Technical Credits

Tom Scott   Arranger,Producer,Arp String Ensemble
Hank Cicalo   Producer,Engineer
Richard Tee   Composer
Charles Waring   Liner Notes
Colombier   Composer
Hank Ciaclo   Engineer
Bennett Carlton   Composer

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