Al Hirt – Soul In The Horn (1967/2018) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Al Hirt – Soul In The Horn (1967/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 28:29 minutes | 922 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © RCA/Legacy

You’ll never mistake Al Hirt for Blue Mitchell, but Soul in the Horn is nevertheless a surprisingly genuine and expressive detour into soul-jazz that captures an energy otherwise absent from the trumpeter’s ho-hum catalog. The slinky “Harlem Hendoo” is the standout – sampled by De La Soul for the Buhloone Mindstate cut “Ego Trippin Pt. 2”; it’s also the reason why the record is so scarce and commands such high prices among crate diggers who wouldn’t otherwise allow Hirt’s records into their homes even as insulation. No less soulful is the opening cover of Booker T. & the MG’s “Honey Pot” or the bluesy “Sweetlips” – “Love Ya Baby” even gets funky, albeit in a forty-something white guy kinda way. It’s a shame Hirt never made another record quite like Soul in the Horn – with the right material and the right intentions, his talent was fierce.

01 – Honey Pot
02 – Mess Around
03 – Calypsoul
04 – Long Gone
05 – Sweetlips
06 – Girl
07 – Love Ya’ Baby
08 – Sunday – Goin’ to Meetin’ Time
09 – Snap Back
10 – Harlem Hendoo
11 – Ludwig

Arranged & Conducted by Teacho Wiltshire.