Phil Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble – Frankiphone Blues

What’s a frankiphone you ask? A good question, especially if you’re not familiar with Phil Cohran, as he invented it. Essentially an electric thumb piano, Kelan Phil Cohran developed the instrumenet and used it to anchor the recordings on the album this song was pulled from, Singles. The album is a collection of songs that originally came out on Cohran’s own Zulu Records imprint. The instrument becomes a focal point on a couple of these songs, which get rounded out Chicago jazz legends like Master Henry Gibson and Pete Cosley. If Cohran’s work with Sun Ra was a little too out for you, this collection tones down the “out” just a tad and wraps everything up in a tighter package. If you like jazz and/or soul music even a little bit and don’t have this record, I guarantee that it will be a welcome addition to your collection.

— Audio – Phil Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble – Frankiphone Blues

– Bonus – Click here for a video of Cohran playing the frankiphone.