Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The Xanadu Master Edition Series - all newly remastered recordings from the out-of-print jazz label of the 70s and 80s. There will be 25 albums in total over next 18 months. From the Attic of My Mind is the definitive Sam Most album, according to Xanadu Records owner Don Schlitten. The fiery flutist is supported by pianist Kenny Barron, bassist George Mraz, drummer Walter Bolden, and percussionist Warren Smith.
Personnel: Sam Most (flute); Kenny Barron (piano); Walter Bolden (drums); Warren Smith (percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Don Schlitten; Mark Gardner ; Pete Welding; Zev Feldman.
Recording information: RCA Studios, New York City (04/25/1978).
Director: Don Schlitten.
Flutist Sam Most contributed eight of the compositions to this enjoyable quintet date. With tasteful support from pianist Kenny Barron, bassist George Mraz, drummer Walter Bolden and percussionist Warren Smith, Most could have easily taken the laidback approach often favored by flutists, but instead he digs in and comes up with some fiery statements. None of the originals (which includes blues, ballads and blowing devices) caught on elsewhere, but they work well on this set. ~ Scott Yanow