THE PHIBES - The Phibes (Lakeside; USA) Featuring Charles Compo on flute, tenor sax, guitar & songs, Ted Daniel on trumpet & flugelhorn, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone, Tony Stewart & Jeff Miller on keyboards, Hal Winer & Abdul Zuhri on guitars, Dave Patrick on bass and Randy London, Mustafa Ahmed & John Arucci on drums & percussion. The leader of this group is saxist/flutist Charles Compo who I recall from his work with William Hooker, many moons ago. No doubt you know loft jazz trumpet hero Ted Daniel, who played a superb trio here last weekend (8/9/09) and Curtis Fowlkes longtime trombone hero for the Jazz Passengers. I can't say that I had heard of the Phibes before this disc was given to me by Ted Daniel, but then again I can't think of the last time I heard a jazz/rock/funk horn like this since the good old seventies. I was even more surprised to find that I can still dig this great, groovy, greasy and slamming stuff. This band is super-tight, spirited with strong but short solos from the flute, trombone and electric guitar. The first tune, 'Hard On' really ripped my head right off and the second song 'Bent Up' is a slow, groovin' funk piece that had me smiling and swaying with some mighty tasty flute and strong tenor & trombone solos. I haven't heard that ancient synth sound in many years as well but it certainly does fit well with this music. For 'Don't Make None' one of the guitarists wails away while Charles plays another amazing flute solo. Here's what interesting about this disc: this music is tight, spirited, well-played and well-recorded with crafty arrangements and consistently inspired solos. It does sound as if it could've been a long lost recording from the seventies but you know... who cares when it is as good as this. A perfect band for a party and you will also keep many of those jazz snobs happy since the solos are so good. Surely, an unexpected delight. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery.