A Mizell Brothers production, ‘Gamblers Life’ preceded the more famous ‘Gears’. Every bit as strong, this record was released on a subsidiary of CTI in 1975 and has an edgier feel. Cuts like ‘Rhodesian Thoroughfare’ and the much sampled ‘Gamblers Life’ and ‘Back To The Projects’ allow the Mizells to show off their crisp, funky sound. ‘Yesterday Was Cool’ is a driving Jazz Funk tune, whilst ‘Starborne’ is a 70’s Donald Byrd like cut that really works on the dancefloors.. On the jazzier tip check ‘Virgo Lady’. The rhythm section of Harvey Mason (drums) and Chuck Rainey (bass) are on fire and Melvin Wah Wah Watson (Ragin) is all over the album with his distinctive rhythm guitar.
01 Gambler’s Life by Johnny Hammond
02 Rhodesian Thoroughfare by Johnny Hammond
03 This Year’s Dream by Johnny Hammond
04 Star Borne by Johnny Hammond
05 Back To The Projects by Johnny Hammond
06 Yesterday Was Cool by Johnny Hammond
07 Virgo Lady by Johnny Hammond
08 Call On Me by Johnny Hammond
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