Friday, November 21, 2008

Mixed Bag: Mixed Bag's First Album

Another gem from the gone-but-not-forgotten T.R.I.B.E. label. It got released at some point as a Japanese import, but as far as I am aware never got reissued stateside. The recording is indeed a mixed bag, starting with an upbeat Latin-flavored jazz tune ("La Margarita"), slowing it down for a gorgeous post-bop ballad ("I Wish"), then offering up the straight-ahead "Maxine". The last half of the album goes into fusion territory. "Ziaus" fits in nicely with the sort of soul jazz that was T.R.I.B.E.'s stock in trade. The pensive "New Moon" throws Latin rhythms into the mix, and "Shark" closes out the album with a solid dose of funk. Folks who dig the T.R.I.B.E. and Strata-East labels will probably like this offering.


1. La Margarita
2. I Wish
3. Maxine
4. Ziaus
5. New Moon
6. Shark


Ron Brooks - Bass, Producer, Mixing
Gaff Dunsun - Keyboards
Jerry Glassel - Guitar
Dave Koether - Percussion, Drums
Larry Nozero - Flute, Reeds, Cuica
Dan Spencer - Percussion, Drums

Bob James - Liner Notes
Greg Reilly - Engineer, Mixing
Norm Snyder - Photography, Back Cover Photo
Bud Spangler - Producer, Mixing
Marie Tapert - Graphic Design, Art Direction

Download Mixed Bag's First Album