You can't see a lineup like that and tell me you aren't curious. Despite dreary artwork, Xanadu rivaled Muse in the late 70's as a source of awesome jazz. While Xanadu focused more on hard bop and Muse (for better and worse) was a bit more varied, the quality was competitive and sometimes the labels seemed identical, probably due to Don Schlitten's production at both, and the identical back covers. Mickey Tucker was a fairly nimble player, not flashy, but able to execute tough lines crisply when he needed to. Eddie Gladden was a similarly-capable drummer, pairing well with Tucker here. On bass is the mighty Cecil McBee, maybe my favorite bassist of this era, playing capable hard bop in the morning and all sort of free and spiritual craziness at night. The front line is Bill Hardman on trumpet, Junior Cook on tenor and Ronnie Cuber on baritone. Such a solid, rewarding date.
Happy Releaseday @lifeofarmstrong & @torky_tork! 💙
»Truth Be Told«, this is food for your soul! Los Angeles-based C.S. Armstrong on the mic and Berlin-based Torky Tork on the boards. Additional vocals by @illcamille & @quinceywhite. Helping hands production-wise by @fidmella, @suff_daddy, Severin Kantereit & Malte Huck of @annenmaykantereit, @wandlinger & Jim Dunloop. Released on our HHV Label in a limited edition of 500 copies on blue colored double vinyl incl. all instrumentals. 🙌
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