George Freeman – Man And Woman (1974)

George Freeman - Man And Woman (1974)
Artist: George Freeman
Album: Man And Woman
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Contemporary Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 1974
Quality: mp3, 256 kbps

01 Till There Was You
02 You’ve Changed
03 I Ain’t Got Nobody
04 Groovy Lady
05 Funny How Time Slips Away
06 Squeeze Me
07 Stardust
08 Georgia On My Mind


While Man & Woman embraces a mellower approach than guitarist George Freeman’s other Groove Merchant dates, it’s by no means the late-night boudoir record its erotic cover suggests — the stripped-down, nuanced sound instead adheres to a relatively straightforward soul-jazz formula, more focused and earthbound in its orientation than the average Freeman session. Teaming here with pianists Harold Mabern and Kenny Barron, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Buddy Williams, the guitarist embraces the change of pace, settling comfortably into the music’s slow, slinky grooves — not only are his solos as imaginative as before, but they also boast a rippling sensuality otherwise absent from his previous records.
Review by Jason Ankeny