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Gary Chandler - Outlook

Gary Chandler


Release date: September 21, 2018
Format: LP Album
Syle: R&B , Soul
Vinyl LP pressing. Gary Chandler (born in 1938) started playing professionally in 1960 in the thriving Columbus Ohio club scene with Hank Marr, Don Patterson and Benny Maupin. He worked in the Motown Revue from 1965-67 and led his own group for over a year. Over the following years Chandler joined the bands of Lou Donaldson and Charles Earland where he remained until the recording of his debut album. Producer Bob Porter, who decided it was time for the skilled trumpeter to make a record in his own right, provided him with an all-star line-up of musicians to collaborate on the album. Outlook features Idris Muhammad on drums (which means a frenzy of funky JB-influenced over-the-top soul-jazz drumming), on bass is the legendary Gordon Edwards (known for his work with James Brown, Weldon Irvine, Funk Inc., Aretha Franklin, etc.) and on guitar we have Cornell Dupree (you all know his opening riff on the intro of Aretha Franklin's 'Respect'). Last but least, we have the percussion duties which are handled by Buddy Caldwell (the session musician for respected labels such as Prestige and who also collaborated on albums by Ceasar Frazier and Melvin Sparks)... speaking of Ceasar Frazier, he's also featured on Outlook with his trademark organ sound. Outlook is one long steamroller groove and one of the true lost soul-jazz-funk classics. Crate diggers and DJs have coveted "Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)" for years, but in truth, damn near every second of the album demands consideration as a sample. All of this is carefully overseen by engineer Rudy Van Gelder and producer Bob Porter (known for their work with Herbie Hancock, Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis... and many others). Gary Chandler's first (and only) album was originally released in 1972 on Eastbound Records.
  • 1. Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)
  • 2. Flamingo
  • 3. Kaleidoscope
  • 4. The Jet Set
  • 5. Blue Dues
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