Harold Vick – The Caribbean Suite (1967/2017) [AcousticSounds FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Harold Vick – The Caribbean Suite (1967/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:16 minutes | 1,7 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Harold Vick was an American hard bop and soul jazz saxophonist and flautist. “The Caribbean Suite” is his second album as leader. It was recorded in 1966 and released on the RCA Victor label. The album features Kenny Graham’s eight-part “Caribbean Suite”.

Harold Vick led relatively few record dates of his own, but this little-known session is one of his better efforts. Known primarily for his work as a tenor saxophonist, Vick also plays soprano sax and flute on this mid-’60s RCA Victor album. Most of the disc is devoted to British tenor saxophonist Kenny Graham’s eight-part “Caribbean Suite,” which consists of musical impressions of various islands in the West Indies. Joining Vick are trumpeter Blue Mitchell, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, pianist Albert Dailey, guitarist Everett Barksdale, bassist Walter Booker, and drummer Mickey Roker, along with Latin percussion by Montego Joe and Manuel Ramos. Like other boppers who delved into Afro-Cuban music, Vick’s arrangements of this obscure suite work very well. He also adds a fine take of Charlie Parker’s “Barbados” and his own “Letitia,” both of which fit in rather nicely with the album concept. Long out of print, this LP may be difficult to acquire.

01 – Mango Walk (From “Caribbean Suite”)
02 – Saga Boy (From “Caribbean Suite”)
03 – Bongo Chant (From “Caribbean Suite”)
04 – Dance of the Zombies (From “Caribbean Suite”)
05 – Wha’ Hupp’ N? (From “Caribbean Suite”)
06 – Tiempo Medio Lento (From “Caribbean Suite”)
07 – Beguine (From “Caribbean Suite”)
08 – Haitian Ritual (From “Caribbean Suite”)
09 – Barbados
10 – Jamaica Farewell (Based on Traditional Aire)
11 – Letitia

Produced by Brad McCuen. Engineered by Ray Hall.
Recorded on June 15-16, 1966 at RCA Studio B in NYC.

Harold Vick – tenor saxophone, flute
Albert Dailey – piano
Everett Barksdale – guitar
Blue Mitchell – trumpet
Bobby Hutcherson – vibraphone
Walter Booker – double bass
Mickey Roker – drums
Manuel Ramos – percussion
Montego Joe – percussion