V/A ‘The Soul Jazz Legacy – Vol2’ (CTI)

CTI like Blue Note and Impulse has a fantastic history of some outstanding artists and compositions, some of which, are included on this double CD package. In particular Ray Barretto’s ‘Pastime paradise’, Esther Phillips’ ‘Disposable society’, and what is probably the best ever version of ‘Take five’ by George Benson are magnificent records. So too are Freddie Hubbard’s ‘Red clay’ (track down Mark Murphy’s version also from is album ‘Mark Murphy sings’ Muse records 1975) and Airto’s ‘Flora’s song’. All in all a great round-up from this well rooted label and a must buy for those without the songs on their shelves.

Steve Williams