Lebanese saxophonist and composer Toufic Farroukh has re-visited his France only first album from 1993 and added a little mixed a bit more before re-mastering the whole to produce a fine contemporary CD of middle-eastern jazz. Toufic studied music at the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris and collaborates regularly as a composer with the department of modern dance at the Paris Conservatory, that training and environment gives his music a more expressive feel with jazz giving added freedom. Well worth checking out.
According to the sleeve notes this is just a small selection of literally hundreds of previously unreleased recordings which Roy himself owns and to which he has given Barely Breaking Even label boss, Peter Adarkwah unlimited access. The resulting album is quite brilliant since everything here is pure quality. Of the 13 tracks though my current favourite’s are ‘I Really Love You’, ‘Oh What A Lonely Feeling’, ‘Mystery Of Love’, ‘I Just Wanna Give It Up’ and ‘Brand New Feeling’ which all feature Merry Clayton on vocal chores. The latter being the only inclusion from the recent 12” releases. It’s quite staggering that tracks such as these have been kept hidden for so long but thankfully their time has now come. Let’s hope there are plans to release further volumes.