augustus 09, 2015

Paul Humphrey And The Funky Thumbs - Supermellow (1973)

Paul Nelson Humphrey (born October 12, 1935, Detroit, Michigan, United States) is an American jazz and funk/R+B drummer

He worked as a session drummer in the 1960s for jazz artists such as Wes Montgomery, Les McCann, Kai Winding, Charles Mingus, Lee Konitz, Blue Mitchell and Gene Ammons.

As a bandleader, he recorded under the name Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists, with Clarence MacDonald, David T. Walker, and Bill Upchurch.
He also recorded with Steely Dan, Frank Zappa, Jerry Garcia, Jimmy Smith, The Four Tops, Al Kooper, Jackie DeShannon, Natalie Cole, Albert King, Quincy Jones, Dusty Springfield, Jean-Luc Ponty, Michael Franks, Maria Muldaur, Marc Bolan and others.
Humphrey was one of the drummers on Marvin Gaye's album "Let's Get It On".

Not “Supermellow”, but super dope one of the grooviest albums ever from drummer Paul Humphrey, and a sweet batch of laidback electric funky jazz cuts! Paul's working here with a bit more keyboards and guitar than before all nicely compressed into the grooves that are directed by his tight work on drums often stepping around in a really badass mode that we totally love, and which moves past a simple approach to funky rhythms.

Humphrey clearly knows that he's got to complicate things a bit more than usual to keep the ears of the increasingly sophisticated 70s listener by going for hipper changes and timings, while still keeping the tight core funky groove intact.

He's helped strongly in his efforts here by players who include Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, and Arthur Adams all playing in a more laidback, less studio mode than on other sets and even the arranger Nick Decaro manages to play some groovy accordion on a few tracks! Titles include "Boo A Cha", "Macho", "Do The Buzzard", "Hot Ice Cream", and "Got It Together".

Side A
A1.  Supermellow  (5:15) 
A2.  Hot Ice Cream  (3:25) 
A3.  Do The Buzzard  (3:00) 
A4.  St. Thomas  (3:35) 
A5.  Boo-A-Cha  (4:25)

Side B
B1.  Got It Together  (4:20) 
B2.  Grapefruit Juice  (2:24) 
B3.  Poppa Charlie (3:36)  
B4.  Everything I Do Is Going To Be Stupid  (4:03)  
B5.  Macho (2:55)

Artist:  Paul Humphrey And The Funky Thumbs
Title:  Supermellow
Release:  1973
Format:  LP
Label:  Blue Thumb Records Inc.
Catalog#  BTS 47

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