Strangely enough, Tiger in the Rain would have been a smoother transition from Sleeping Gypsy, just as Burchfield Nines would have been a more natural follow-up to The Art of Tea. For the first time, Michael Franks made an album completely without the production team of Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt and Lee Hershberg, employing instead John Simon (the Band, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen). The recording boasts a large number of celebrated horn and string players, as well as jazz luminaries Ron Carter, Bucky Pizzarelli, Kenny Barron, Mike Mainieri and Flora Purim. Lush, romantic and more experimental than previous efforts, Tiger in the Rain has a seriousness of purpose that faithfully echoes that of Sleeping Gypsy, with less of a Brazilian feel and overall a more somber tone of lost love.
In the seventies the piano was the star instrument in the Jazz. The sax made its own in the eighties as the guitar in the nineties . In this sense Joe Sample pianism revealed such kind of freshness interpretative and original pages that made of him one of the top exponents in that moment and still today. Voices In The Rain by itself meant a personal triumph for Sample and reveals as other worthable recordings , his enormous expressive moods.
In 2001, the Danish label Storyville released this unusual CD, which is rare today. It contains recordings from a 1975 concert at Ma Bea's in New York, originally released in 1975 in France on vinyl with eight songs. And now there are 14 songs on the disc, 7 are performed by Jimmy, and the other 7 - by Luther Johnson. Everyone has their own group, among the sidemen there are famous people: Big Voice Odom (vocal), Willie Lyons (guitar), Willie Kent (bass). Both brothers perform classics of blues and soul blues: "So Many Roads", "Crosscut Saw", "I Believe My Time Ain't Long", "All Your Love", "Same Old Blues".
This was one of Flora Purim's finest all-around jazz recordings, and it is luckily available on CD. Purim is featured in a variety of challenging and stimulating settings: on two numbers ("Above the Rainbow" and "Tomara") with pianist McCoy Tyner; teamed up with tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson on Chick Corea's "Windows" and "Black Narcissus"; and utilizing such players as bass trombonist Raul DeSouza, keyboardists Hermeto Pascoal and George Duke, and singer Urszula Dudziak (who is heard on "Encounter") plus Flora's husband, percussionist Airto. The music is primarily group originals and finds Flora Purim in peak form. Highly recommended.