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Sam Sanders - Mirror, Mirror (1980) [2013]

Jazz, Pop | Author: vicor 61 | 30-04-2015, 16:41
Sam Sanders - Mirror, Mirror (1980) [2013]
Artist: Sam Sanders
Title Of Album: Mirror, Mirror
Year Of Release: 2013 (1980)
Label (Catalog#): 180 Proof Records [OEP 1004]
Country: USA
Genre: Funk, Soul, Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks) WEB
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 28:10
Full Size: 169 MB

The latest release from 180 Proof Records is sure to be one of the most talked about deep crate releases of the year. A collector’s dream come true, Sam Sander’s Mirror Mirror is so rare that the recordings on this album have never before seen a proper release and even the cover art had to be created from scratch. An almost unbelievable fact given that it ranks as one of the strongest releases in the already air-tight era of Strata Inc’s Detroit.
Although he’s been compared to John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Joe Henderson, Sam Sanders stands out as one of the most unique phenomena to come from the Motor City. Sanders’ approach to life was so out there that one might say his relative obscurity was a personal choice. Sanders caught glimpses of fame early on performing with several internationally known acts and subsequently, he also learned a bit about what the Record Industry’s primary goals were. Realizing that he did not share them, Sanders chose instead to walk his own path. This drive for artistic freedom turned out to be a double-edged sword: while it allowed Sanders to produce some of the most electric jazz, funk, and soul to come from Detroit, it also meant that most of his recordings were never widely released, if they were released at all.
Drawing on his experience with Motown acts like Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, Sanders incorporated a fresh soul sound into recordings that would have otherwise been categorized as jazz. As such, Mirror Mirror moves seamlessly between spirit and style: The album starts on the street with “Inner City Player,” a superfly breakdown of a Detroit hustler’s life, before moving into distinctly abstract territory with the melancholy “Face At My Window.” The experience is held together by a no-nonsense rhythm section featuring the aggressive drumming of Jimmy Allen and the intensely focused bass playing of Ed Pickens. Perhaps the most straight-forward jazz song on the album, “Lover’s Gain” showcases Sanders at his freewheelin’ best. And if there was to be any doubt that Mirror Mirror can get funky as hell, look no further than the wah-wah guitar and early synth sounds of “Funk’ed Up,” easily the greasiest cut on the album.

Tracklist:

01. Inner City Player (5:02)
02. Face at My Window (3:30)
03. Loser (2:28)
04. Funk'ed Up (4:15)
05. Love's Gain (7:07)
06. Summer Mist (5:48)

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Sam Sanders - alto saxophone
Beans Boles - baritone saxophone
Jimmy Allen - drums
Ed Pickens - bass
John Katalenic - keyboards
Wayne Wardlow - guitar
Jamil (#1), Kenneth Harris (#3) - vocals

Sam Sanders - Mirror, Mirror (1980) [2013]


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