Showers of Blessings

Album: Showers of Blessings
Artist: Henry Franklin, The Skipper
Catalog #: SP1036
Released: April 21, 2021


Henry Franklin – bass
Theo Saunders – piano
Teodross Avery – tenor and soprano saxophone
Ryan Porter – trombone
Nolan Shaheed – trumpet and flugel horn
Benn Clatworthy – alto flute (track 6)
Willie Jones III – drums
Najite Agindotan – percussion (track 1)
Yaakov Levy – wooden flute (track 1)]

Track Information and Samples

Track 01 :: Message to Marjorie (Henry Franklin)

Track 02 :: The Return of the Skipper (Theo Saunders)

Track 03 :: Coconut Island (Theo Saunders)

Track 04 :: Ballad for Aisha (McCoy Tyner)

Track 05 :: Black Lives Lost (Theo Saunders)

Track 06 :: The Valley of Search (Keith Williams)

Track 07 :: Skipper Meets Pharoah (Benn Clatworthy)

Track 08 :: The Guardian (Phil Morrison)

Track 09 :: Little Miss Laurie

Album Reviews

From Jazz Weekly:

TIMELESS TONES…Henry “Skipper” Franklin: Showers of Blessings
(Published: June 07, 2021)
By George W. Harris

At 80 years young, bassist Henry “Skipper” Franklin is one of LA’s historical jazz figures. And, best of all, he’s still playing and sounding great, as this recent album with like minded all stars will attest. He mixes and matches his core team of Theo Saunders/p and Willie Jones III/dr with Yaokov Levy/fl, Najite Agindotan/perc, Benn Clatworthy/fl, Ryan Porter/tb, Nolan Shaheed/tp-fh and Teodross Avery/ts-ss on this collection of timeless gems.

Tropical flute flavors and percussion start things off on the tasty “Message to Marjorie” before The Skipper shifts into Comfort Food mode along with Avery on the leader’s blues shuffle “The Return of the Skipper” while Porter follows the leader’s lead on the hard driving modal “Coconut Island.” Clatworthy is misty on “Valley of Search” and the horn front line is shiny and sleek glides along on “Ballad for Aisha.” The sparks fly with some exciting tenor work on Benn Clatworthy’s “Skipper Meets Pharoah” and sweet soprano sounds along with Shaheed’s rich horn make you beg for more by the time the album closes with “Little Miss Laurie.” They make it sound so easy; so why can’t anyone else do it like this?