Keeper Of My Soul
On his second and last Black Jazz album Keeper of My Soul, Bishop plays acoustic and electric pianos and organ with a sense of uplift, a quality characterizing the best soul-jazz of the day. Opening number "Soul Village" is a fascinating union of jazz and funk; today, it still sounds fresh in its immediacy. Here Bishop brings personality to his playing of a plugged-in piano, no easy task, while young saxophonist Ronnie Laws, a few years away from his descent into the disco-fusion abyss, captures in his solo some of the saxophone-generated warmth associated with his mentor, David "Fathead" Newman. The little-remembered vibraphonist Woody Murray handles himself well, and the funk rhythm section cooks.