Friday, October 1, 2010

The Atlantic Family Live at Montreux (Atlantic 1977)

Killer big band jazz funk from the mid seventies. The line up is pretty amazing: The Don Ellis Orchestra, the Average White Band, the Brecker Brothers, Herbie Mann, Sonny Fortune, Klaus Doldinger, Richard Tee, Luther Vandross and well the list goes on and on. How did they get all these guys on the same stage? It's got some cheesy dated synth here and there, but the grooves are rock solid and the playing is intense. The extended "Pick up the Pieces" was edited and released on the rerelease of the Average White Band CD. I picked this up when it came out, and I still love it.

1 Bahia (Na Baixa Do Sapateiro) 16:32
2 Jadoo 10:34
3 Everything Must Change 6:21
4 McEwan's Export 8:58
5 One to One 9:10
6 Pick Up the Pieces 21:40

Personnel (from Wikipedia):
* Ben E. King - lead vocals
* Sonny Fortune - alto sax
* David "Fathead" Newman - alto sax
* Roger Ball - alto sax
* Herbie Mann - flute
* Dick Morrissey - tenor sax
* Molly Duncan - tenor sax
* Klaus Doldinger - tenor sax
* Michael Brecker - tenor sax
* Jaroslav Jakubovic - saxophone
* Don Ellis - trumpet
* Gilman Rathel - trumpet
* Lew Soloff - trumpet
* Randy Brecker - trumpet
* Alan Kaplan - trombone
* Barry Rogers - trombone
* Richard Tee - electric piano
* Jim Mullen - guitar
* Hamish Stuart - guitar
* Rafael Cruz - percussion
* Sammy Figueroa - percussion
* Rubens Bassini - percussion
* Alan Gorrie - bass
* Steve Ferrone - drums
* Onnie McIntyre - guitar

Backing Vocals:

* Alfa Anderson
* Diane Sumler
* Diva Gray
* Krystal Davis
* Luther Vandross
* Peter Cox
* Robin Clark



  2. This sounds like it's CRAAAZZZY. Many thanks...

  3. Got a friend who's gonna love this! Thank you so much!

  4. Incredible groove on Pick up the Pieces ! Amazing !!
    Thanks a lot !!

  5. Clearly one of the best albums of all time.

  6. Yowza!!! I missed out on this back then. Just what I needed. Thanks very much

  7. you know there is video footage out there of this performance. It is has been spotted in Europe. I swear if I ever find it it will be on BT for the world to see. Every funk sax player should memorize this recording. Nothing like a good pair of cans and my vinyl promo copy! I wish I had it in FLAC.

  8. Bought this on vinyl back in 78 and can't find a donwload nowhere. This is awesome.

  9. Hello Thank you for this version of Pick up the Pieces. The Record Co. should have released this on cd. Great stuff.

    1. Finally issued on CD on Wounded Bird Records. July 2014.