„The Art Of Tea“ – Michael Franks (voc); David Sanborn (sax); Joe Sample (keyb); Larry Carlton (g); Larry Bunker (vib); Wilton Felder (b); John Guerin (dr, perc); Jerry Steinholtz (cga)
Format: 1LP 180g 33rpm / standard sleeve
Release month: 9/2021
Manufacturer: Speakers Corner
Original label: Reprise
Michael Franks is a master of words. Not only did he study American Literature, he is also a song writer and a composer of film music, which he demonstrates in his début album with a major label, where music and language are on a par.
Originally a jazz musician, Franks reached out to pop and rock fans with „The Art Of Tea“. Sensually inspiring and playful numbers such as „Popsicle Toes“ and „Eggplant“ are full of crafty wordplay and almost Henry Mancini-like, airy jazz-pop. With a similar approach as Steely Dan, Franks’ singing and songwriting creates the basis for a sound that is founded on the support of top-notch musicians, many of whom are among the finest studio jazz musicians on the scene.
The allstars line-up blazes with names such as Dave Sanborn and Michael Brecker on the saxophone. Guitar guru ‚Mr. 335‘ Larry Carlton on the semi-acoustic guitar, Joe Sample at the keyboard, along with Wilton Felder on the bass contribute their Crusaders touch to the recording. Responsible for this impressively meticulous recording is, a.o. chief recording engineer Bruce Botnick, who also expertly taped the Doors and Beach Boys. The present production occupies the highest status in Franks’ discography, and has seldom been surpassed.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. More information under www.pure-analogue.com.
All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
Recording: May and June 1975 at Capitol Recording Studios, Los Angeles, by Al Schmitt, Bruce Botnick and Lee Hershberg
Production: Tommy LiPuma