Ramon Morris - Sweet Sister Funk - AudioSoundMusic
Ramon Morris - Sweet Sister Funk - AudioSoundMusic
Ramon Morris - Sweet Sister Funk - AudioSoundMusic
Ramon Morris - Sweet Sister Funk - AudioSoundMusic
Ramon Morris - Sweet Sister Funk - AudioSoundMusic
Ramon Morris - Sweet Sister Funk - AudioSoundMusic

Ramon Morris - Sweet Sister Funk

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Ramon Morris, tenor saxophone
Albert Bailey, electric piano
Mickey Bass, bass
Mickey Roker, drums
Cecil Bridgewater, trumpet
Lloyd Davis, guitar
Tony Waters, congos


1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Pallas

Label : Pure Pleasure

Original Label : Groove Merchant

Recorded in 1969 by Malcolm Addey

Produced by Sonny Lester

Remastered by Kevin Gray at Acoustech Lacquers

Lacquers plated by RTI

Originally released in 1973

Reissued in 2007



Side A :

  1. First Come, First Serve
  2. Wijinia
  3. Sweet Sister Funk

Side B :

1. Sweat
2. Don't Ask Me
3. Lord Sideways
4. People Make the World Go Round


« Ramon Morris' lone Groove Merchant date remains one of the most potent fusion records of its time. An uncommonly soulful and nimble tenorman, Morris proves ideally matched to the jazz-funk idiom, and Sweet Sister Funk achieves a near-perfect balance between its mainstream and experimental leanings, forging a series of fierce grooves as imaginative as they are accessible. Recorded with a crack supporting unit including trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater and percussionist Tony Waters, the album radiates with positive energy -- it's a genuine shame Morris never again recorded as a leader, because the mind reels at the possibilities his muse might have pursued. » AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny

From the mid to late 60’s Sonny Lester was at the helm of some of the period’s most significant jazz music (Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Chick Corea, Duke Ellington’s 70th birthday concert) and also some of the genre’s biggest hits (mostly from organist Jimmy Mcgriff). With the folding of the Solid State label in 1971 Sonny Lester formed the aptly named Groove Merchant label (named after the tune Jerome Richardson wrote for the Jones-Lewis Orchestra). He then produced some of the periods most notable soul/jazz, jazz/fusion from the likes of McGriff, Richard Groove Holmes, Reuben Wilson, Lonnie Smith to name but a few.

This gem of an album from Ramon Morris, and one of the hardest to find on Groove Merchant, was recorded during what many people would consider to be the classic period for this particular brand of jazz/funk/soul/fusion. It was recorded not long after he’d spent time with Art Blakey as a Jazz Messenger appearing on his 1972 Prestige album Child’s Dance along with Stanley Clarke and Woody Shaw. He then also recorded on the Woody Shaw album, also from 1972, Song Of Songs.


AllMusic : 4 / 5 , Discogs : 4.52 / 5

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