His guitar playing is out of this world. He has a fluidity and overwhelming technique like Ernest Ranglin but with more of a soul tinge at least on this album. It sort of reminds me of why I like the song Green Onions by Booker T, a great grove with soulful playing over the top of it only this artist sustains that over the whole album and even takes it up a notch.
If you like great guitar playing you will dig this one or if you like good funky downhome music you will also love this one. Why they haven't put out more of these early albums of his I don't know. A friend found a copy of an old lp of another one and it is equally as fun. Enjoy this one and hope along with the rest of us that the record industry will see the light and re-release more of this sorrowfully overlooked artist.
Here is one with the black and orange spine that no one should miss. Chicken Fat is basically a blues record, but Mel Brown's guitar playing lifts the album far above the ordanary. He is the polar opposite of, say, Wes Montgomery or Joe Pass. He is more akin to Zappa's axe work. His solos start out fast and hard and never relent.
There are lots of loose, janglely runs and compressed little 16th notes Mel uses to get from point A to B. Everything is very detailed, and layered, but it is the type of detail that emerges in those little spontainous sounds between the music. Lots of rich texture in the guitar playing you'll slowly discover. On one track, Mel uses a wha-wha peddle to great effect.
This was , and while a lot of more adventurous jazz people-say, Charles Lloyd- were putting rock inflections into their work, soul jazz was still a purist game. But Brown took a plunge that really pays off. A good buy for jazz fans, blues buffs, and music fans. If you're into Booker T. I didn't even know who Mel Brown was before I stumbled over this album, and after listening to it a couple of times I couldn't believe that I never even heard of the man, because this is one of those rare albums where the quality NEVER drops and the groove just keep on building.
I just don't get it. This could be almost anybodys bag. I really hope that some of his other stuff from this period gets reissued, because if it brings the same amount of juice, it needs to be squeezed. I'm glad to see this classic album reissued. Mel Brown is a Great! These instrumentals are some fine funky licks of jazz and blues infused soul. The last person I turned on to the music of Mel Brown became obsessed to hear everything by him he could get his hands on.
If you haven't heard this guitar master, do yourself a favor and pick this up. You won't be disappointed! Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Articles Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. My Profile. Advanced Search. Genre Blues Jazz. Recording Location Hollywood, CA. Track Listing. Chicken Fat. Mel Brown.
Greasy Spoon. Home » Articles » Album Review. One can clearly see why Brown was sought after as a sideman, but Herb Ellis brings a more sophisticated style of noodling to the record, working from a wider vocabulary than Brown has at his disposal. But what really holds this session back is some odd choices in instrumentation. Gerald Wiggins plays the feeblest sounding organ ever to be found in a studio and for some odd reason, Ellis uses a twelve-string for many of the tunes to no particular effect, as if he just bought it on the way to the session and wanted to give it a go.
All this aside, your enjoyment of this session will depend on two things: one, your liking of guitar solos and two, your enjoyment of the blues idiom played with a heavy beat.
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