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Bass Encounters
Henry "Skipper" Franklin

1.Theme for Jojo Al Hall, Jr. Theo Saunders, piano

2. One for Leroy.rm Dan Helgesen; Henry Franklin, bass

3. Lynford's Lament Theo Saunders/Theo Saunders, piano; Henry Franklin, bass

4. Black Nile.rm Wayne Shorter

5. Close Encounters of the Very Best Kind Phil Ranelin

6. Eslilian .rm trad. Sudanese, arranged by Rene Von Helsdingen & Luluk Purwanto

7. Vision Quest.rm Theo Saunders, piano

8. Bo Bossa - Tommy Trujillo

9. Puff of Vapor Al Hall Jr.

10. You Bring The Sun Out.rm Jessy B. Dixon & Thomas Snow; Barbara Morrison, vocal


George Harper Tenor & baritone sax 1, 2, 7,8
Gilbert Castellanos trumpet 1, 7, 8.
Mark Waggoner guitar 2, 4
Theo Saunders, piano on ALL trks
Taumbu Percussion & Congas 1,3,5,6,7,8,10
Willie Jones lll drums 1,2,4,7
Herman Riley Tenor, soprano sax3,5,6,9
Jerome Rusch Trumpet & Flugelhorn 3,5,9
Carl Burnett Drums 3,5,9
Sylvester Le Blanc vocal
Barbara Morrison vocal

Executive Producer Dan St. Marselle
Produced by Henry Franklin
Recorded by Alex Oxonshi
Mixed by Joseph Armillas (Session 1)
Mixed Mastered & Nolan Shaheed (Session 2) @ No Sound Studios, Pasadena, CA

Graphic Design by Beth Freeman
Photography by Julius Brown
Cover Portrait by Sigrid Tune

Special Thanks: Musican friends brothers, my beautiful & knowledgeable daughter Laurita Smith, cousin Julius Brown, Pete Mhunze, Sigrid Tune, Willie Jonesll and Blondell, Sylvester LaBlanc and the wonderful "angelic voice" of Ms Barbara Morrison.

This CD is dedicated to Leroy Vinnegar aka The Big Basher and to Kenny Dixon, my friend,.....and, to all the musicians in the trenches of the fight for "REAL MUSIC."

Resurgent Music
146 S. Main Street, Suite 212
Orange, CA 92868

Bass Encounters is the latest release by the Skipper and crew. The Skipper is bassist Henry Franklin, one of the most productive of the Los Angeles area jazz musicians. CD released on the Resurgent label begions the Franklin's family contribution to jazz in the new millenium. Henry's father is the late Sammy Franklin, one of L.A.'s finest trumpet players over three quarters of the past century.

Henry's career began on Los Angeles circa late 50's. While still in high school he played with Roy Ayers Latin Jazz Quintet featuring Roy, Wm. Henderson and Carl Burnett. He easily transitioned into Latin Jazz Funk and got his first major league start with Willie Bobo, who also played funky afro jazz (Afro Jazz Funky). He lived and played in Big Apple w/ Bobo for nine months, during which he had the opportunity to play with Archie Schepp.

He later gigged with Hugh Masakela (Grazin' in the Grass).

The Skipper and crew are establishing an ensemble sound that embraces all the influences of his past musical experiences. The sound is grounded in the phrases and patterns of modern African orchestral music, and the offspring of traditional African Afro Cuban. This approach to rhythm is enhanced and broadened by a combination of reed and brass that has the Bebop harmonic approach and the post Bebop phrasing and melodic ideas of the advocates of cool. The result can be described as "melodies to pop your fingers to" and as you listen you may find that more than your fingers have started to move.

... notes by Pete Muriuki Mhunze

Franklin's group is superb and listener friendly"
-Zan Stewart

Be sure and check out Henry Franklin's work on
three worlds

w/ Marc Seales (piano) and Steve Clover (drums).

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