Soul Masterpieces

Various Artists

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Soul Masterpieces Review

by Scott Yanow

This LP sampler (which does not list recording dates) has 15 mostly abbreviated performances from the soul-jazz idiom, much of which was probably released at the time on 45s. Featured are selections from sessions led by Charles Earland, Billy Butler, Jack McDuff with Gene Ammons, Charles Kynard, the tenors of Oliver Nelson, King Curtis and Jimmy Forrest, Rusty Bryant, Shirley Scott, Willis Jackson, Houston Person, Harold Mabern, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Red Holloway, Jack McDuff, Arnett Cobb and Richard "Groove" Holmes (his hit rendition of "Misty"). It's not essential but worth picking up if seen at a budget price.

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