Ron English: Fish Feet (Vinyl LP)

Ron English: Fish Feet (Vinyl LP)

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Limited double vinyl LP pressing of this previously unreleased album. Fish Feet is guitarist Ron English's only date as a leader, which is remarkable for a career spanning more than 50 years-a career that has placed him in the company of legends of rock and R&B. From garage rock roots as a founding member of the Woolies, to tours backing the Four Tops, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas and Mary Wilson, English has enjoyed a storied life in music, effortlessly moving between genres with chameleon-like malleability. Jazz, however, is where English found his calling with 1970s work on Detroit's Tribe and Strata labels that blended styles such as funk, bebop, post be-bop and the freedom sound of the jazz avant-garde. It was a period of great self-determination he says, due to both labels' reliance on artist autonomy and a do-it-yourself ethic that ensured if great effort was applied to any endeavor, the output would match. Fish Feet was such an effort. Recorded with a small ensemble of Strata brethren including Kenny Cox, Lyman Woodard, Larry Nozero and co-producer Charles Moore, English describes Fish Feet as something of a concept album-a romantic fantasy about longing for love. The Thom Bell and Linda Creed composition, You Make Me Feel Brand New, is a wonderful piece coming out of the R&B world and evidence of English's broad taste, balanced by the group's mutual love of the emotional weight of the music of Charles Mingus. Then there was the funk, which George Clinton and the Ohio Players were doing at neighboring Westbound Records. You Make Me Feel Brand New, Fishfeet, Meadow Lark, Bees, Yet and Still, Ultima Linda, I Surrender Dear