ep1str0phy

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  1. 60's hardbop trumpeters in 'progressive' contexts

    Oh, absolutely. We're dealing with matters of categorization, though--and, frankly, "genre" categorization has always been a nebulous science. I think the capacity to "aspire" is different from artistic record (or nature, for that matter). The efforts of Messrs. Hubbard, Shaw, Morgan (etc.)--whose careers, like many jazz musicians, are all over the place--are admirable for what they are, irrespective of nature. Jazz, improvised music, creativity, art would be nothing were it not for the tide of innovation and those who weather the storm. At the same time--and I think this was the issue a few posts up--it's difficult to divine sincerity from artistic product. Again, this may be a non-issue, but the interpretation of music can be severely altered by knowledge of its origins. People jive. There's a wide gulf between those who approach innovation as opportunity and those who simply "cope" with, dismiss, and capitalize on it. Few individuals are so easily categorized. Regardless, it's difficult to apotheosize those who fall anywhere near the latter camp. That much, at least, I'm certain. Again, I could care less for categories. The idea that one is "hard bop" or "free jazz" or whatever is moot, but we use these terms anyway. It's just... in a Lockian sense, I guess, easier to organize discourse in this manner. Sadly, we're usually defined by what comes across, what people see--regardless of what we aspire to do (or don't, for that matter). Only Lee Morgan, after all, can fully assess Lee Morgan. We can only relish his efforts--and be glad that we know them.
  2. black saint/soul note

    Fairly cheap? I remember getting a shit load of em' there for like $5 a pop. Man that was awesome! That's when I really stocked up on the Black Saints and Souls Notes. Some of my favorites are: Andrew Cyrille's Metamusicians' Stomp & Special People (featuring young firebrand named David S. Ware) Misha Mengelberg/Steve Lacy/George Lewis/Ernst Reyseger/Han Bennink - Dutch Masters The Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet (featuring John Zorn and Wayne Horvitz) - Voodoo Leo Smith and the New Dalta Ahkri - Go In Numbers and although they've been mentioned already, they can never be recommended enough - Muhal Richard Abrahms Hearinga Suite & Blu Blu Blu ← Metamusicians' Stomp is a favorite. My Ship, baby. Avant-garde got soul, too. Just picked up Shades, folks. Hill is as florid, torrid as ever, and--if it weren't for the relatively conservative rhythm team and somewhat "inside" structures--I'd say it's a return to his Blue Note groove (it's strange talking about this in the present tense...). After Strange Serenade, however, this one is almost (almost) quaint. The ensemble playing is fine, but I keep getting Monk flashbacks. At the very least, it's nice to hear someone playing more traditional ride cymbal rhythms behind an inside/outside Hill. If Hill really is back on Blue Note, he'd better hook up with Joe Chambers stat.
  3. 60's hardbop trumpeters in 'progressive' contexts

    That's a good question, and I have to admit I never considered it that way. I'm hearing this music isolated from that time in jazz history, and now have to wonder how much of it was fueled by real innovation and desire, vs. a reaction to the times. And wonder some more how much it matters in the end... My suspicion is that the closer one gets to 1970, the more potential there is for reactionary responses to the (more popular) music of the time, especially the rock/fusion angle. But then I see that Evolution was made in 1963, and Out to Lunch in 1964. That seems pretty "progressive" to me for that time, and least from my perspective. Fascinating discussion... ← I agree, Skid. Sometimes it's difficult to separate genuine aesthetic predilections from reactionary inclinations--especially considering the "genre-hopping" tendencies of many modern jazz musicians. One thing is for sure, however--it's nowhere near as difficult to suss out the genuine progressives, a class of innovator to which few may be catalogued. Practically no "hard bop" trumpeters fit this label--if by progressive we're dealing with the archetypal 60's "New Thing" and associated schools (Blue Note?). For the most part, then, we're dealing with dabblers and journeymen--people fundamentally out of context. Some sincerity here (Woody Shaw, I'm looking at you), some half-hearted BS... but none of the guys under discussion would qualify as singularly "progressive" in mind--and, therefore, it really is difficult to identify the poseurs. There's really no telling, and it's probably useless to make assumptions regarding "intent". It may be useful, however, to examine the aesthetics of individual group "leaders". Whether or not Freddie and Woody were genuine about the music, it's far easier to place them at the vanguard of 60's hardboppers. Simply participating in sessions by Ornette, Coltrane, Hill, Dolphy, Moncur (etc.) is enough to suggest an openness to progressive tendencies, if not an outright desire to innovate. The first couple waves of the "New Thing" were for real, untested and gestative--it's safe to assume that the groundbreaking work of Messrs. Ornette, Coltrane (etc.) was created by individuals of (generally) "un-reactionary" tendencies. But those weren't their sessions. Hubbard is unambiguously "hard bop" for the very reason that, for the rather nebulous purposes of classification, we have to assume from record--and Hubbard's personal leadership has been relatively conservative (at least in relation to, say, Lester Bowie). I say the reacitonary/progressive distinciton is rather moot--all of the guys under discussion are out of "canonical" context. Lee Morgan may have been more "avant" than history gives him credit for (considering what he's said about "Evolution", etc.), but, for the purposes of discussion, his work with Moncur, Hill (etc.) is relatively aberrant.
  4. Favorite Trumpet Quartet Albums

    For raw, hard swingin' emotional playin' I like the Charles Tolliver LPs "Live At Slugs" vol 1 & 2 on Strata East.. Stanley Cowell-piano, Cecil McBee-bass, & Jimmy Hopps-drums swing with great passion on these sides! Jimmy Hopps kind of reminds me of Chicago drummer Wilbur Campbell. ← FYI randissimo, those albums are on disk #1 of the Mosaic set in addition to some unreleased tracks from the same dates on disk #3. ← Thanks for the info BFrank.. I'll have to get the box set.. ← Oh, yeahhhhhhhhh. Disk #2 and part of #3 are from the "Live in Tokyo" set. Almost as smokin' as the Slugs stuff. ← Almost, but not quite. Largely due to 'Effi', which breathed fire in the version Tolliver, Cowell, Gary Bartz, and Jymie Merritt did with Max Roach on 'Members Don't Get Weary', but doesn't cut it as a ballad in Tokyo (maybe just due to my heightened expectations). ← Yeah, the Members version of 'Effi' is just blistering. The whole band is just on, but Tolliver rocks it hard. No climaxes here--just plateaus... and they keep getting higher and higher and higher. Also... love for Jimmy Hopps? What a consistent player. His work with Rahsaan always gets me going. Edited to say that the Hutcherson version of 'Effi' (on 'Patterns', right?) is something else altogether. Chambers keeps the power level high, but, overall, the band keeps things remarkably subtle. Perhaps the "prettiest" version of the tune, and a happy medium.
  5. Roscoe Mitchell recommendations

    I, too, enjoy 'Flow', but it's a terribly daunting listen and hardly indicative of the whole of Roscoe's bag. It's a fine document of his technique and a great opportunity to hear a stellar band, but it focuses on a rather narrow range of ideas. 'Flow' is like 'Prepare Thyself to Deal with a Miracle' (the Rahsaan album) in many ways--not just the nonstop sax improv... on the whole, it's just as much focused on a specific improvisational process as it is compositions and group interaction. Honestly, I don't think there's that much variety, although what's there is great for what it is. I would have hoped for a more "synoptic" document of the Mitchell/Christian/Favors/McCall group--immensely talented, any way you cut it.
  6. Favorite Trumpet Quartet Albums

    Don't forget "Grand Max" (which isn't on here, unless I'm mistaken).
  7. New Roscoe Mitchell

    It's an awful shame that no one has commented on this one (which must speak volumes for distribution/press, etc.). This has to be one of the finest "contemporary" free jazz dates I've heard in some time. Mitchell and Aoki make a wonderful team--redolent of some "classic" reed/bass pairings (and Mitchell knows how to pick bass partners), but emotionally and rhythmically unique. Aoki's Eastern grooves provide the centripetal pull for some vigorous, far-flung "solo" work--honestly, some of the best I've heard from Mitchell (heard mainly on alto here--conjuring after-images of face paint and ethnodrama). But this is first and foremost a dialogue, a push/pull between two divergent but interrelated conceptions. There is engima, pathos, intricacy, mysticism--the vestiges of the AACM, an ethos that Mitchell has cultivated with intelligence and heart. Aoki plays with a similar air of mystery--infused, however, with an identifiably "Asian" sense of power. This is deep groove, ethnic communion, and freedom of the finest sort.
  8. Musicians With Smallest Recording

    Excellent call. The Detroit cats really had something to say.
  9. Musicians With Smallest Recording

    Seconded. I'll add James Spaulding. He's been around the sideman circles, but--considering his talent--he should definitely have more cuts as leader. Also--Don Ayler (who's practically inivisble apart from his brother's shadow), Jacques Thollot, Luther Thomas... and special recognition for the cats on the LA scene (not just Tapscott--Michael Sessions, Steve Smith, Dwight Trible, Nate Morgan, Phil Ranelin, etc.--just bad)
  10. Sexiest album covers

    Laughing my ass off...
  11. Tunes by (relatively) well-known artists...

    I'm just the best reader, you know? Art Pepper did "Tears Inside" before Ornette was a jazz god (although he was already quite visible).
  12. black saint/soul note

    Oh man--"RB" is one of my all time favorite compositions. Should've become an "avant" standard (though it made the rounds a bit). Steve McCall owns our asses. Haven't heard the Jarman/Moye/Pullen, but I'm very interested. Maybe I'll order it (one of these days).
  13. black saint/soul note

    I can speak for the Lowe: somewhat less explosive than his more "famous" sessions (e.g., "Black Beings"), but enjoyable in its own way. Again, don't expect a wail fest; this one is more in line with his later work on CIMP. The band--which is all star--doesn't stray far from freebopish melody/groove excursions. In fact, a number of the cuts are relatively "inside"--but hardly boring. Lowe, Cherry, Moncur (etc.) had a taste for the subtler side of the New Thing, and this album shows it. I'd say middle-of-the-road, but that statement doesn't seem to do the album justice. "Low key", perhaps?
  14. David Ornette Cherry

    And Ravi? A chip off the old block. ← And just like with Don, it works.
  15. black saint/soul note

    (So long as this thread's still up...) I just recently acquired a copy of "Strange Serenade" (Andrew Hill-Soul Note). Alan Silva makes an excellent appearance on bass (not so much a background voice--more a piece of melodic counterpoint) and Freddie Waits--whom I've never heard in this sort of pseudo-free context--is stunning. This album feels a lot "freer" than the Blue Notes (to which I am far more accustomed), and there's very little in the way of "traditional" swing. Regardless, there's a definite sense of propulsion to the trio--seemingly, a one-off deal with a substantial amount of potential. The group really gets a chance to stretch on some startling, evocative "mood pieces"--some of which also appear on the "Test of Time" records. I may have to listen to this one again, but I think I like it more than a lot of the BNs--beautfiul, weird, wonderful stuff.
  16. David Ornette Cherry

    Sounds like a good recommendation from a poster I'm coming to have a lot of respect for. I've never heard of this album or of him. Is it still available? Details. please! ← Reciprocated. I don't know if it's in print, but it's certainly still available. I've seen it all over the cut-out bins (which shouldn't be an indication of quality). It's real cheap on Amazon: The End Of A Century If I remember correctly, the cover has David in a black suit with a head-mic. It looks sort of cheesy, but the music is sincere. I'm actually somewhat surprised that a jazz-oriented Cherry hasn't been making the rounds (I'd love to hear him in a group with, say, Denardo...). To summarize--good album, great personnel, very capable playing. Be warned, though: if I recall correctly, there's a lot of melodica.
  17. The End Days Are Near

    Have you heard this thing?
  18. What music did you buy today?

    A relatively big pull--and for cheap: Build An Ark: Peace With Every Step Khan Jamal: Cool Abdullah Ibrahim: Banyana Ike Quebec: Heavy Soul New York Electric Piano: New York Electric Piano Marion Brown Quartet: Why Not? Roscoe Mitchell Quartet: The Flow of Things Joe Zawinul: Zawinul
  19. David Ornette Cherry

    I have a copy of "The End of a Century," which (as far as I can tell) is the closest David's come to mainstream exposure. Of all of Don's progeny, David is probably the closest to the Harmolodic/post-Coleman camp (sonically, at least). On "The End...", he draws from both the 60's/70's avant tradition as well as more recent innovations in electronics and pop/rap. True to his legacy, he also breaks out some oblique instrumentation and "world music" tinges (there's a track called "Return From Codona"). Some of it is pretty nondescript, but it's nice to hear one of Don's sons engaging in the lexicon and (generally) succeeding. Anyway, Bobby Bradford, Phil Ranelin, and Ralph "Buzzy" Jones are on the album, so... I'd check it out--at least for the novelty factor. Fortunately, he has something to say.
  20. Tunes by (relatively) well-known artists...

    Doesn't the same apply (to a lesser extent) to Chambers's appearance on Breaking Point (where 'Mirrors' also appears)?
  21. Sun Ra - ON JUPITER (Saturn, 1979)

    I think this may have been happening with the BYGs. The last batch of reissues (what was it, Sunspots?) is still readily available on LP, but the CD issues are relatively scarce.
  22. Tunes by (relatively) well-known artists...

    Didn't the Ornette quartet record a version (or two) of "Cherryco" (unreleased at the time)--mistakenly attributed to Coleman--way back before Don Cherry's solo career took off? Probably doesn't count--Cherry was already a superstar with Ornette--but it was fairly early in the game.
  23. archie shepp & the full moon ensemble

    (waits to see where this one is going)
  24. AOTW November 6-12

    This one has been on my "to get" list for a while. How does it compare to the other Konitz duet sessions(/appearances)?
  25. No, unfortunately, although they look promising. I'm with you, though--most (if not all of this stuff) needs to get reissued. It just magnifies the fact that the younger set is missing out on all sorts of great, obscure musicians--LaMont included.