Henry Franklin – 3 More Sounds Play Ray Charles (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 51:59 minutes | 315 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Henry “Skipper” Franklin (born October 1, 1940) is an American jazz double bassist.
Franklin played on Hugh Masekela’s 1968 number one single, “Grazing in the Grass,” as well as with Masekela’s band at the Monterey International Pop Festival in June 1967. In addition, Franklin has played and recorded with Gene Harris & the Three Sounds, Hampton Hawes, Freddie Hubbard, Bobbi Humphrey, Willie Bobo, Archie Shepp, O.C. Smith, Count Basie, Stevie Wonder and Al Jarreau. Franklin’s recording—composed by Sanifu Al Hall, Jr.– “Soft Spirit” was featured on the breakbeat compilation Tribe Vibes as it had been sampled by the musical group A Tribe Called Quest.
Encourage by his father, Sammy Franklin, a jazz trumpeter and bandleader, he studied with Al McKibbon and George Morrow and listening to Paul Chambers and Doug Watkins.
While attending the Manual Arts High School he played with his first professional band – the Roy Ayers Latin Jazz Quintet. Around that time, Franklin worked with Harold Land and Hampton Hawes. Years later he would tour Europe with Hawes and record five albums with him. In Los Angeles, Franklin also played with Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Billy Higgins and Scott LaFaro.
In 1968, after a year-long tour of the East Coast playing with Willie Bobo and working gigs on his days off with Archie Shepp, Lamont Johnson, Beaver Harris and Roswell Rudd, Hugh Masekela heard Henry play and made him an offer. Three and a half years later the two would collaborate on Grazing in the Grass.
In 1972, Franklin released his debut album The Skipper through Black Jazz Records. It was called “adventurous postbop” by music critic Tom Hull.
1-1. Henry Franklin – Let the Good Times Roll (05:54)
1-2. Henry Franklin – Unchain My Heart (04:09)
1-3. Henry Franklin – Hit the Road Jack (03:52)
1-4. Henry Franklin – Georgia on My Mind (06:20)
1-5. Henry Franklin – Moonlight in Vermont (06:38)
1-6. Henry Franklin – Halleluja I Love Her So (03:50)
1-7. Henry Franklin – Cry Me a River (06:09)
1-8. Henry Franklin – I Can’t Stop Loving You (05:07)
1-9. Henry Franklin – Drown in My Own Tears (05:36)
1-10. Henry Franklin – Hit the Road Jack (Alternate Take) (04:22)