Henry "Pucho" Brown: Georgia on My Mind
Georgia on My Mind
Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers
Heat! / Jungle Fire! (BGP Records CDBGPD 047)
Henry "Pucho" Brown (timbales),
Jackie Soul (vocals), Al Pazant (trumpet), Eddie Pazant (tenor sax), William Bivins Jr. (vibes), Neal Creque (piano), Jimmy Phillips (bass), Norberto Appellaniz (bongos), Cecil Jackson (conga), Selwart Clarke, Sanford Allen, Alfred Brown (violins).
Composed by Hoagy Carmichael. Arranged by Neal Creque.
Recorded: New York, 1968
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
This "Georgia" is far from the usually slow renderings. First the frantic up-tempo Latin pulse, then the coarse blues shouter's voice that, besides singing with plenty of soul (as befits his name), reminds us that James Brown and Martin Luther King were from Georgia (this is undoubtedly the roaring '60s!), finally the daring arrangement based on contrasts between fiery percussion and airy strings, dreamy vibraphone and loud horns. Happy feet and soul lovers alike will find what they're looking for in this hot and strange brew that bubbles with rhythm and emotion.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum