Pat Williams

Shades of Today

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Shades of Today, with its Valley of the Dolls-like jacket, ranks among the better mod brass albums of the late '60s. The personnel are all top jazz session men, including Bill Watrous, Marvin Stamm, and a host of others (see personnel for Think). "Shades," a wonderful original with Hank Jones doing a great job on calliope, swings with a rock beat, drum breaks, and horns. "Reza," one of the great bossa novas, is given a terrific instrumental mod treatment here. The filler is high-quality, and the cheesy closer -- reminiscent of a high-school band -- thrives in its strange niche as easily as the title track. The day may be long gone, but these Shades are worth a second peek.

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