The second release In the new series of classic jazz/funk reissues from SoulMusic.com Records is an expanded edition of the original 1978 Epic album FREESTYLE by famed flautist and musician Bobbi Humphrey.
Texas-born Bobbi was initially encouraged by jazz great Dizzy Gillespie to pursue a musical career: after winning the famous Apollo Theater Amateur Talent contest in New York, she became a popular performer in the city.
In 1971, Bobbi signed with Blue Note Records and made six albums for the label. In 1977, Bobbi signed with Epic Records who released her label debut “Tailor Made” the same year.
Bobbi’s sophomore Epic album FREESTYLE was the most successful of her LPs for the label. Produced by renowned percussionist Ralph MacDonald, FREESTYLE’s stellar cast of musicians includes Steve Gadd, Eric Gale, Anthony Jackson, David Spinozza and Marcus Miller with background vocals from Gwen Guthrie among others. No less a luminary than Stevie Wonder provides a solo on the funky track, “Home-Made Jam.”
Notes by Soul Music.com founder David Nathan include quotes from a 1978 interview with Bobbi
Only available before as a Japanese CD reissue, this expanded edition includes a six-minute-plus version of “Home -Made Jam” and the US single edit of “Sunset Burgundy.”
About the Writer
David Nathan is the founder and CEO of SoulMusic.com and began his writing career in 1965; beginning in 1967, he was a regular contributor to Blues & Soul magazine in London before relocating to the U.S. in 1975 where he served as U.S. editor for the publication for several decades and began being known as 'The British Ambassador Of Soul.' From 1988 to 2004, he wrote prolifically for Billboard, has penned bios, produced and written liner notes for box sets and reissue CDs for over a thousand projects. He returned to London in 2009 where he has helped create SoulMusic.com Records as a leading reissue label.