Ballade (Star Song SSR-0003) 1977

 

 

Instrumental album from prominent and talented session musician who has a skillful handling of the trumpet, flugelhorn and flute.  Unfortunately Ballade falls into that not especially challenging category of light-and-easy jazz/pop – a formate similar to but significantly mellower than Chuck Mangione.  A pleasant enough listen given the proper mood, with original compositions like ‘The Love Life’, ‘Snowflakes’ and ‘The Search’ faring better than the transcriptions of hymns and Andrae Crouch songs.  Speaking of Andrae, he along with Danniebelle Hall and Bili Thedford can occasionally be heard in a brief background vocal role.  Fletch was also a member of the group Sonlight along with Bill Maxwell, Harlan Rogers and Hadley Hockensmith, all of whom are assisting here.   (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

 

 

Tracks:

01. I See The Lord

02. The Love Life

03. A Mighty Fortress – Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem

04. Ballade For God

05. Snowflakes

06. I Feel Good Down In My Soul

07. My Tribute

08. The Search

09. Fairest Lord Jesus

10. Everything’s Changed

 

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