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Spark Plug (album)

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Released  1971
Artist  Melvin Sparks
Producer  Bob Porter
Genre  Jazz
Spark Plug (1971)  Akilah! (1972)
Release date  1971
Label  Prestige Records
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Recorded  March 1 & 8, 1971 Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Similar  Akilah!, Legends of Acid Jazz, Sparks!

Spark Plug is the second album by soul jazz guitarist Melvin Sparks which was recorded for the Prestige label in 1971.


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The Allmusic site awarded the album 3 stars stating "It's more relaxed, funky, occasionally bluesy jazz with guitar and organ to the fore, very much of a piece with the Prestige soul-jazz "house" sound circa 1970".

Track listing

All compositions by Melvin Sparks except as indicated

  1. "Who's Gonna Take the Weight" (Ronald Bell, George Brown, Robert Mickens, Claydes Charles Smith, Dennis Thomas, Richard Westfield) - 9:20
  2. "Spark Plug" - 8:50
  3. "Conjunction Mars" - 8:11
  4. "Alone Together" (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) - 4:14
  5. "Dig Dis" - 6:45
  • Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Englewwod Cliffs New Jersey on May 1 (track 1) and May 8 (tracks 2-5), 1971
  • Personnel

  • Melvin Sparks - guitar
  • Virgil Jones - trumpet
  • Grover Washington, Jr. - tenor saxophone
  • Reggie Roberts (tracks 2-5), Leon Spencer (track 1) - organ
  • Idris Muhammad - drums
  • Production

  • Bob Porter - producer
  • Rudy Van Gelder - engineer
  • Songs

    1Who's Gonna Take the Weight?9:05
    2Spark Plug8:50
    3Conjunction Mars8:05


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