Hank Crawford “More Soul” Atlantic Records (1961) Portrait by Lee Friedlander. Along with David “Fathead” Newman, Hank Crawford lead the pre-eminent sax section of Ray Charles classic group of the late 50′s – early 60′s. Crawford, who joined Charles’ band in 1957, primarily held down the role of baritone sax player, but with this recording he’s able to stretch out on the alto. As he often did with Ray Charles, More Soul sees Hank in the role of arranger. The night that this record was cut, I’ve read, Crawford played Harlem’s Apollo theater until 1am, took the short ride down to Broadway and the Atlantic studios and recorded these seven tracks before dawn. Crawford’s arrangements for septet dispense with piano, aside from a little comping by Hank, which vividly opens out the sound of brass and horns, and gives a greater weight and clarity to the bass/drums rhythm section of Edgar Willis and Milt Turner. Fathead Newman plays tenor. The great Tom Dowd engineered. Nesuhi Ertegun produced. Check it out!