With its classic-looking album artwork, it's easy to imagine Ernie Hawks' Scorpio Man inconspicuously resting in a dusty dollar bin of jazz records waiting for some ambitious cratedigger to rediscover its allure, lost by an untimely release, financial blunder, or whatever lands so many budding artists on the back pages of history. Though the contents of this release would make for a lost-and-found holy grail, this record's evening-glow soul jazz is a product of 2018, not 1971, despite what your senses tell you.
Ernie Hawks is Helsinki-based flutist and trombonist inspired by exploitation soundtracks and library records of the past. He's backed by The Soul Investigators who bring classic 45 rpm groove from Finland to act as the easel for Hawks' dynamic instrumentation. I'm hearing Cymande, Roy Ayers, and Les McCann and I can't get enough of the funk.
Scorpio Man is available March 23 on Timmion Records.