Corky McClerkin: The Power of One
But this is McClerkin's show. He established that not only as the composer and arranger of the material on the album, but also with his pianistic skills and techniques, which he forcefully asserts throughout the session. Irrespective of style or tempo, hard bop, Latin or soul jazz, McClerkin brings his many years of experience into play as he crafts each tune making a special and distinctive statement with each. On a lovely, pensive ballad. "Japanese Sandman" - - again not the 1920 pop tune made famous by Nora Bayes - - McClerkin's plaintive, melodious ideas, with just a hint of the Orient, are interrupted occasionally by jagged punctuating chords making this a compelling track of music. Then there's some straight out swing on "Master U" where the drumming of Curtis Prince plays a prominent role. The Power of One is an engaging hour of bop, impressionistic and soul inflected music and is recommended.
Track Listing: The Power of One; Gutbucket; Maori Winds; Peanuthead I; Peanuthead II; Love Supreme-Prelude; Love Supreme; A Man Called Von; Japanese Sandman; Master U
Personnel: Corky McClerkin - Piano; Theresa Davis, Kevin McIlvaine - Vocals; Thomas Kini, John Whitfield - Bass; Pennington McGee - Percussion; Artie (Duke) Payne - Tenor & Soprano Sax; Curtis Prince - Drums
Record Label: Southport Records