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Harold Alexander's early and mid-'70s albums for Flying Dutchman and Atlantic blended originals, soul / jazz and R&B effectively. His most recognized LP is 1971's Sunshine Man, on Flying Dutchman Records. On that album, the most sought after groove is the straight up banger »Mama Soul«, which features insane scatting over a delicious funky flute and organ driven beat. An immaculate six minutes of mental vocals and Alexander's flute doing exactly what the vocals are doing. It comes as no surprise that »Mama Soul« was sampled multiple times.
Another highlight is the adept double beat from iconic drummer »Bernard ›Pretty‹ Purdie« (husband to Aretha Franklin & known for his work with Isaac Hayes, Cat Stevens, B. B. King & Joe Cocker) who is delivering some of the most tight and wicked drum-skills known to man. Bass duties here are filled by another icon: the award winning »Richard Davies« (known for his work with Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Frank Sinatra & Leonard Bernstein).
Production of the album was handled by industry veteran »Bob Thiele« who produced & arranged countless albums from the likes of Art Blakey, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Quincy Jones, John (and Alice) Coltrane & Gil Scott-Heron. Harold Alexander's Sunshine Man is pure bliss, free-form Jazz with hints of soul and P-funk (courtesy of Jimmy Castor' collaborator Richard Landrum on the congas) to cosmic music with both profoundly spiritual and resolutely physical dimensions. Sunshine Man is that rare record that's both far-out and funky at the same time.