Sunday, 21 June 2020

Dee Dee Bridgewater ‎– Afro Blue (1974)

Genre: Jazz
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Trio Records, Mr Bongo, All Art, Muzak, Inc.

A1.   Afro Blue
A2.   Love Vibrations
A3.   Blues Medley (Everyday I Have The Blues / Stormy Monday)
B1.   Little B's Poem
B2.   Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
B3.   Love From The Sun
B4.   People Make The World Go Round

Arranged By – Cecil Bridgewater, Horace Silver
Bass – George Mraz
Drums, Bells – Motohiko Hino
Piano – Roland Hanna
Tenor Saxophone, Cowbell, Other [African Castanets, Vibra-clap] – Ron Bridgewater
Trumpet, Kalimba – Cecil Bridgewater
Vocals – Dee Dee Bridgewater
Producer – Takao Ishizuka

Before she made a name for herself with a string of killer disco, jazz-funk and fusion records in the late '70s and early '80s, Dee Dee Bridgewater was a rising star on the global jazz underground. This period of her career is best exemplified by 1974 debut album "Afro Blue", a fine vocal jazz album recorded in Tokyo with a backing band made up of husband Cecil (a top trumpeter) and high-quality Japanese session musicians. As this reissue proves, the album has lost none of its allure. There's much to set the pulse racing throughout, from the breezy soul-jazz shuffle of opener "Afro Blue" and the emotive "Blues Medley", to the superb slowed-down jazz cover of "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" and blissful "People Make The World Go Round".