The William Penn Jazz Ensemble - CarvingsLABEL: Libreville Records
Superb spiritual jazz meets classical choir from 1982.
The William Penn Jazz Ensemble was formed by American composer and flutist Leslie Burrs. Throughout the 1970s, Leslie performed with several major jazz and funk artists, including Grover Washington Jr., Kool & The Gang, and most notably, with Del Jones for the now cult album Positive Vibes.
Carvings, recorded in 1982, holds a special place in Leslie's career. This album showcases Leslie's musical versatility and features clear influences of both jazz and classical music. The Ensemble's uncommon association of African American and white members at the time results in a unique fusion of cultural influences that is reflected in the music.
The musical journey is both profound and spiritual, taking listeners on an experience that is both deep and meaningful.