Gary Chandler (born in 1938) started playing professionally in 1960 in the thriving Columbus OH club scene with Hank Marr, Don Patterson and Benny Maupin. He worked in the Motown Revue from 1965-67 and led his own group for over a year. Over the following years Chandler joined the bands of Lou Donaldson and Charles Earland where he remained until the recording of his debut album. Producer Bob Porter, who decided it was time for the skilled trumpeter to make a record in his own right, provided him with an all-star line up of collaborators.
Outlook features Idris Muhammad on drums (which means a frenzy of funky JB-influenced over-the-top soul-jazz drumming), on bass is the legendary Gordon Edwards (known for his work with James Brown, Weldon Irvine, Funk Inc. and Aretha Franklin) and on guitar we have Cornell Dupree (Aretha's "Respect"). Last but not least, we have the percussion duties which are handled by Buddy Caldwell (session musician for respected labels such as Prestige and who also collaborated with Ceasar Frazier & Melvin Sparks). Speaking of Frazier, he's also featured on Outlook with his trademark organ sound.
Outlook is one long steamroller groove after another and a true lost soul-jazz-funk classic. Crate diggers and DJs have coveted "Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)" for years, but in truth, damn near every second of the album demands consideration as a sample. All of this is carefully overseen by engineer Rudy Van Gelder and producer Bob Porter (known for their work with Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and many others).
Gary Chandler's first (and only) album was originally released in 1972 on Eastbound Records, super rare and fetching large sums on the collectors market, now finally back on deluxe vinyl with the original artwork and liner notes.
• Official reissue of rare '70s funky soul jazz classic
• Back on vinyl for the first time since 1972
• All star line-up featuring Idris Muhammad & Ceasar Frazier
• Comes packaged featuring the original Eastbound artwork