Thursday, November 29, 2007

Harvey Averne Wishing & Hoping

Harvey Averne Dozen Wishing & Hoping Atlantic LP Viva Soul
Viva Soul is a cracking album of Latin Soul tunes recorded by Harvey Averne, one of the heaviest hitting producers of the New York scene of the late 60s! The album's one of the few that Harvey issued under his own name, and it features him on piano and vibes, working with arrangements by Marty Sheller, and a tight batch of studio players who cook up the grooves in a classic Fania/Tico style! The album's got some very groovy originals -- like "The Micro Mini", "You're No Good", "My Dream", and "You Mess My Mind Up" -- plus covers, like "The Think Drink Theme", "The Word", plus the track I have chosen - "Wishing & Hoping".

You can read more about Harvey in a post by Larry Grogan on Funky 16 Corners here:

Also don't forget the ever excellent Vampi Soul's release of Never Here:

Never Here is the definition of Latin Soul crossover! With instrumental renderings of pop and soul classics, and a few original tracks, all of this music has a loud "Latino con Soul" feel! With the help of Marty Sheller, this album reaches the classic status of his work with Mongo Santamaria. Titles include: "Gotta Do My Number"; "Can You Dig It"; "Accept Me"; "Dynamite"; "Girl That I Love"; and "The Beat Goes On". It hits HARD! Let's face it; this is Harvey Averne's best album!

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