HENRY MANCINI - SYMPHONIC SOUL
One of Henry Mancini's grooviest LPs from the 70s one that crosses over from the lounge sound into jazz and its a mixture of tight large arrangements with a smooth funky edge, similar to some of his best soundtrack work at the time. The rhythm section is great with Harvey Mason on drums,Emil Richards on percussion and Joe Sample on keyboards, plus guitar by David T Walker and Dennis Budimir and the album also features some cool solos on instruments like African finger piano and piccolo trumpet. The whole thing bounces along with a majestic approach that's very full and complicated yet also tight and funky. Lots of groovy tunes including a great version of "Butterfly" and a nice re work of "Sun Goddess".
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