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The Art Of Tea (1975)
Michael Franks

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User Rating: 5 / 5 [ Add Your Rating ]

Name:  Juergen Martens <>
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  Even those "serious" jazz buffs who look down at Michael Franks
as a kind of Liberace or Mantovani of their preferred musical field should at
give his early album "The Art of Tea" a shot. In 1975, producer legend Tommy
teamed M.F. with members of the Crusaders plus drummer John Guerin plus
guest soloists like David Sanborn and Michael Brecker. But what REALLY
makes this album a killer is Joe Sample's incredibly spirited and super-
tasteful Rhodeswork that finds exactly the right vibe from the elegic
"Mr. Blue" to the groovy, bouncy "Jive." Another must-have for Rhodes lovers!
Btw. the lyrics here are worth listening, too. AND: This great record has been
nailed on tape in just 3 days - without the aid of any digital troubleshooting
devices, which again proves that there's no real substitute for first grade
musicianship (that puts itself into the service of the song instead of the
player's egos!)

Name:  Hans van Mierlo <>
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  Good choice Juergen! Eventhough MF is usually not my kind of muzak this one is definitaly something else! Actually i consider this Joe Samples best album. He really let the Rhodes swing!