Awareness [Mainstream, 1972]
Pure Dynamite [Mainstream, 1973]
Lean on Him [Mainstream, 1973]
Pure Dynamite - Subtle dynamite from reedman Buddy Terry -- easily one of the most righteous players to work for the Mainstream Records label during its early 70s jazz funk years -- and an artist who really brings a wider-ranging, Strata East-like sensibility to this set! Buddy plays tenor, soprano sax, and flute on the date -- really stretching out on long, extended tracks recorded in the company of some very hip players -- including Eddie Henderson and Woody Shaw on trumpets, Kenny Barron and Joanne Brackeen on electric and acoustic piano, Stanley Clarke on bass, Billy Hart and Lenny White on drums, and Airto and Mtume on percussion! Most tracks build up slowly, with a nicely organic sensibility -- egged on by long, stretching solos from Buddy
Awareness - A surprisingly soulful session from saxophonist Buddy Terry -- a really righteous little record that reminds us a lot of work from the Strata East or Black Jazz labels! Buddy's working here with a relatively large group, but in a way that's really free and spontaneous -- not nearly as tightly arranged as other records on the Mainstream label -- and almost in the spirit of some righteous larger jazz ensemble. Players include Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, Stanley Cowell on piano and Fender Rhodes, Buster Williams on bass, Mtume on percussion, and Roland Prince on guitar -- all working together at a really organic, soulfully searching level that rivals the great Frank Foster album on Mainstream from the same stretch. Terry himself plays soprano, tenor, flute, and percussion.
I just hear Buddy as the tenor tandem partner of George Coleman in the Harold Mabern Quintet - a recording from 1968, published on Prestige 7568; now available as CD in the low prize section. Tone and improvisation are excellent - a really underrated man...
Buddy Terry has been overlooked unfairly. Nobody writes or talks about him but these three albums represent the highest order of spiritual jazz and deep funk. Although "Lean on Him" is the most sought after becasue it has a couple of Bernard Purdie breaks "Awareness" is the album that hits the top. With Buster williams, Roland Prince, Stanley Cowell, Cecil Bridgewater, and MTume. "Kamili" is one of the most kozmicgroove tunes around.