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The Descendants Of Mike & Phoebe - A Spirit Speaks (Strata East / Pure Pleasure) LP

The Descendants Of Mike & Phoebe - A Spirit Speaks (Strata East / Pure Pleasure) LP

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Re-mastering by: Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

One of the most unique albums on the Strata East label – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the creative energies flowing through that legendary jazz outlet! Descendents Of Mike & Phoebe is a righteous little project put together by Spike Lee's father, Bill Lee, and his brothers and sisters (Cliff Lee, Grace Lee Mims, and Consuela Lee Moorhead) – working here in a group named after their slave ancestors, who are paid tribute in a beautifully flowing batch of tunes! Lee's round, warm bass tones are firmly at the head of the group on most numbers – recorded at a similar level to his excellent work with Clifford Jordan on Strata East during the same time – and other instrumentation includes piano from Consuela, flugelhorn from Cliff, and percussion from Sonny Brown and Billy Higgins – all used in a wonderfully evocative style that's even better than some of Lee's later soundtrack work. A few numbers feature vocals from Grace – singing wordlessly and with a really heavenly sort of quality – and together, the whole group have an undeniable sense of power and majesty, yet also one that's touched by a really personal sense of poetry too. Titles include a great version of Lee's "Coltrane", which was more famously recorded with Clifford Jordan - By Drago Museveni

Personnel: Consuela Lee Moorehead, piano / Bill Lee,string bass / Grace Lee Mims, soprano / Cliff Lee, fluglehorn / Sonny Brown, percussion / Billy Higgins, percussion

Produced by Lee-Fam Enterprises

Engineered by Ron Carran

Recorded at Minot Studios, White Plains, New York, December 19, 20 and 21 1973

Tracklist:

Side 1:

1. Two Songs for A Boy Named Mark

a. Little Bitty Baby

b. Soliloquy To A Man-Child

2. Coltrane 3. Chick Chick 4. Well Done Weldon 5. A Spirit Speaks

Side 2:

1. Attica 2. Take My Hand Precious Lord 3. Boll Weevil 4. Don’t Be A

Stranger 5. Too Little, Too Late

Strata East / Pure Pleasure  SES-19744