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Thousand Finger Man (1969)

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Chuck Rainey

Percussionist Candido plays quite well throughout the six selections on this CD reissue, but otherwise the music is largely a waste. The songs are immediately forgettable, there are few other solos from the nonet of mostly no-names (other than an out-of-tune soprano solo from Joe Grimm) and Frank Anderson's organ sounds quite dated. This set (originally from Solid State) would have been better if it had been just been exclusively percussion, for the other players add little, if anything, to the lightweight music. Since Candido has rarely led his own record dates, this effort is a definite disappointment. ~ Scott Yanow