Ken Woodman

The Kenny Woodman Sound

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Ken Woodman's second and final album was issued only in Germany and Italy, and was less worthwhile than his 1966 LP, That's Nice, whose own charms were pretty slight. Like That's Nice, it was easy listening jazz-pop with a little rock influence in the arrangements and song selection, heavy on the stiff rhythms that were a trademark of Woodman's arrangements. The covers of recent pop/rock hits included the Move's "The Fire Brigade," Manfred Mann's "The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)," Cliff Richard's "Congratulations," Petula Clark's "Kiss Me Goodbye," Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich's "The Legend of Xanadu," and (most surprisingly) the Flower Pot Men's "A Walk in the Sky," which hadn't been a hit anywhere but Holland. These versions were trifling interpretations of pop/rock for a different, tamer audience, and were sometimes downright excruciating, as in the flatulent trad jazz arrangement of "Congratulations." The ensemble did hit some OK go-go jazz-soul brass and Hammond organ grooves from time to time, particularly with the Woodman original "Grilled Soul and Custard." But then you had to put up with his "March of the Two Left Feet," which, as the title signifies, gave full vent to his fetish for military rhythms. The entire album has been reissued, paired with Woodman's 1966 LP That's Nice, on RPM's Town Talk! CD.