Wednesday, May 9, 2012

SHM-CD of the Month - "Lalo Schifrin: Towering Toccata"

SHM-CD of the Month
Lalo Schifrin: "Towering Toccata" (CTI)

**** (musical performance)
**** (sonic quality)

Produced by Creed Taylor
Arranged & Conducted by Lalo Schifrin
Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder @ Van Gelder Studios (Englewood Cliffs, NJ) in Oct-Dec 1976

Featuring: Lalo Schifrin, Clark Spangler, Anthony Jackson, Will Lee, Steve Gadd, Andrew Smith, Ralph MacDonald, Sue Evans, Eric Gale, John Tropea, Joe Farrell, Jeremy Steig, Burt Collins, Urbie Green, John Blair, Ronnie Cuber, Gerry Niewood et al.


Alain Manuel said...

Hi Arnaldo

Excellent album that has aged better than "Black Widow" in my opinion.
Is "Eagles In Love" (Alternate Take) still a bonus track?

Arnaldo DeSouteiro said...

Cher Alain,
No bonus track on this SHM-CD reissue. But it's worthy of attention by CTI lovers, because Van Gelder's new remastering reveals many sounds not noted in the previous masterings - specially concerning the guitar sounds of Eric Gale and John Tropea; they shine brightly now!
That alternate take of "Eagles in Love" remains available only in the 2003 European CD reissue released by Sony as # 5127982. Amicales salutations,

Alain Manuel said...

Bonjour Arnaldo,

Van Gelder is a true genius, I'm eager to listen to this new reissue particularly if the appeal of this album, the guitar parts, have been renovated.