February 18, 1981: Melvin Sparks records "Sparkling" on Muse Records.Guitarist Melvin Sparks made his name as a solid soul jazz player with the likes of Charles Earland and Lou Donaldson. Another of his associates was drummer Idris Muhammed, who appears on this, Sparks last album as a leader until a 1997 comeback, along with pianist Neal Creque and bassist Buster Williams. Sparks wrote two of the tunes and Creque one, with the remaining two pieces the standards Misty and Speak Low. Certainly a period piece firmly in the Muse aesthetic, it admirably carries on the soul jazz tradition.
SOURCE: Andrey Henkin
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Melvin Sparks records "Sparkling" on Muse Records.