Esther Phillips with Joe Beck – For All We Know (1976/2016) [e-Onkyo FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Esther Phillips with Joe Beck – For All We Know (1976/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:22 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: R&B, Blues, Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Source: e-Onkyo | Front Cover | © CTI Records
Recorded: October 17, November 14 & December 08, 1975 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

This 1976 Kudu date under Esther Phillips’ name is notable for two major reasons, and both of them are Joe Beck. While Creed Taylor produced the date, all of the sets arrangements were done by Beck, who wove an entire band’s sound around the smoking, soulful grooves of his guitar. His playing is the other reason this set is so memorable: Beck is at his most inspired and fluidly funky; he is present everywhere in the mix but nonetheless crafts the strengths of the ensemble around Phillips’ unusual voice. Other players include the Brecker Brothers, Don Grolnick, Fred Wesley, Will Lee, Bobby Lyle, Steve Khan, and many others. The band winds around Phillips, setting her up as “Soul Sister Number One,” hitting the funky grooves and elongating her clipped trademark delivery. Highlights include the title track — one of the greatest disco tunes never played in a disco — her up-tempo rave-up of “Unforgettable,” with killer breaks by Beck and Michael Brecker, the dirtiest, funkiest version ever of Jackie DeShannon’s “Pure Natural Love,” and a Latin-tinged read of “Goin’ Out of My Head.”

1 Unforgettable 3:42
2 For All We Know 3:35
3 Pure Natural Love 5:23
4 Fools Rush In 4:29
5 Going Out Of My Head 7:54
6 Fever 3:37
7 Caravan 5:42

Backing Vocals – Carl Caldwell, Hilda Harris, Maeretha Stewart, Peggy Blue
Backing Vocals, Arranged By [Backing Vocals] – Patti Austin (#1,6), Tasha Thomas (#2-5,7)
Bass – Gary King (#7), Will Lee (#1-6)
Cello – Alan Shulman, Anthony Sophos, Charles McCracken, Seymour Barab
Coordinator – Arnaldo DeSouteiro
Design – Rene Schumacher
Drums – Andy Newmark (#1,3,4,7), Chris Parker (#2,6)
Electric Guitar, Soloist [All Solos], Arranger – Joe Beck
Electric Piano – Bobby Lyle (#4), Don Grolnick (#1-3,5), Leon Pendarvis (#2)
Lead Vocals – Esther Phillips
Percussion – Nicky Marrero (#1,2,6,7)
Percussion, Congas – George Devens (tracks: 2, 5, 6), Ralph MacDonald (tracks: 3, 4)
Piano – Don Grolnick (#7)
Rhythm Guitar – Steve Khan (#1-6)
Saxophone [Baritone] – Ronnie Cuber
Saxophone [Tenor] – Frank Vicari, Michael Brecker
Timbales – Nicky Marrero (#5)
Trombone – Barry Rogers, Fred Wesley (#6)
Trumpet – Randy Brecker
Viola – Harold Coletta, Theodore Israel
Violin – David Nadien, Emanuel Green, Harold Kohon, Harry Glickman, John Pintavalle, Max Ellen, Max Pollikoff, Paul Gershman