Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Blu-Spec CD of the Month - "Lalo Schifrin: Towering Toccata"
Lalo Schifrin: "Towering Toccata" (CTI KICJ 2336)
Rating: **** (musical performance & sonic quality)
Produced by Creed Taylor
Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder @ Van Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)
Cover Photo: White Gate
Album Design: Carole Kowalchuk, Sib Chalawick
Arranged & Conducted by Lalo Schifrin
Featuring: Lalo Schifrin (acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, synths), Clark Spangler (keyboards), Anthony Jackson & Will Lee (electric bass), Steve Gadd & Andrew Smith (drums), Sue Evans, Don Armando & Ralph MacDonald (percussion), Eric Gale & John Tropea (guitars), Urbie Green (trombone), Joe Farrell & Jeremy Steig (flutes), John Blair (vitar), Ronnie Cuber (baritone sax) et al.
Schifrin goes disco and takes J.S. Bach with him. The follow-up to his CTI masterpiece, "Black Widow," and another jazz-funk classic thay yielded such acid-jazz anthems as "Midnight Woman," that I've included in the best-selling CD compilation "CTI Acid Jazz Grooves."