Finally! My apologies for the delay. Rough start to the week here. I may keep my comments spare, we'll see... I had wanted to write a bit about each piece but I just haven't had any time.
I had a few different semi-intentional themes here... women in jazz, Chicago, Coltrane...and I guess Odean Pope.
1. "Holy Waters" (Carlos Garnett)
from NORMAN CONNORS - Love From the Sun (1974)
Norman Connors - drums
Dee Dee Bridgewater - vocals
Onaje Allan Gumbs - piano
Buster Williams - bass
Carlos Garnett - soprano sax
Gary Bartz - alto sax
Hubert Laws - flute
Eddie Henderson - trumpet
Bill Summers/Kenneth Nash - percussion
I actually learned about this album right here on this forum back in 2010. I was trying to ID this track from an online playlist and JSngry helped me out!
2. "I Remember Clifford" (Benny Golson)
from MAX ROACH - Chattahoochee Red (1981)
Max Roach (doesn't play on this tune!)
Cecil Bridgewater - trumpet
Odean Pope - tenor sax
Calvin Hill - bass
Incredibly, I have only recently discovered this album. How is it possible this has never been issued on CD? I can't describe in words how much I love this record.
3. "Saxophone Shop, Part 2" (Pope)
from ODEAN POPE - Out For a Walk (1990)
Odean Pope - tenor sax
Gerald Veasley - 6-string elec bass
Cornell Rochester - drums
Odean part two. Love this record. But yes, the first thing that made me go "wow" was that bass solo.
4. "Ecstasy" (Hope)
from ELMO HOPE ENSEMBLE - Sounds From Rikers Island (1963)
Elmo Hope - piano
Lawrence Jackson - trumpet
John Gilmore - tenor sax
Freddie Douglas - alto sax
Ronnie Boykins - bass
Philly Joe Jones - drums
Classic Elmo Hope...a favorite of mine. Thom Keith nailed Gilmore on this!
5. "Portrait of Light" (Bankhead)
from FREQUENCY - Frequency (2006)
Ed Wilkerson - clarinet, bells
Nicole Mitchell - flute
Harrison Bankhead - cello, bells
Avreeayl Ra - kalimba, percussion
I don't see a lot of people talk about this album, but it's fantastic. This is one of the mellower tracks...I find it beautiful. If you are at all into Nicole Mitchell and/or the AACM you need to check this out.
6. "Jihad" (Rene McLean)
from DOUG CARN (feat. JEAN CARN) - Revelation (1973)
Doug Carn - keys
Jean Carn - vox
Olu Dara - vox, trumpet
Rene McLean - vox, alto sax
Nathan Page - guitar
Walter Booker - bass
Earl McIntyre - bass trumpet
Ira Williams - drums
A personal favorite.
7. "All the Things You Are" (Kern)
from CONNIE CROTHERS - Perception (1974)
Connie Crothers - piano
Joe Solomon - bass
Roger Mancuso - drums
Yes, Crothers was a disciple of Tristano, which is obvious here. But is it wrong to say I like her better? I believe this was her first album. On later records she evolved to an amazing level, IMO.
8. "Gloria" (Williams)
from MARY LOU WILLIAMS TRIO - Free Spirits (1975)
MLW - piano
Buster Williams - bass
Mickey Roker - drums
Been checking out a lot of Mary Lou Williams the past several years and this is a favorite. Love the easy, soulful feeling of this tune. There are other tracks on this album that better showcase Williams' piano prowess, but for whatever reason I went with this one. This is a bonus track on the CD, it's not on the original LP.
9. "Central Park West" (Coltrane)
from ERNEST DAWKINS - Afro Straight (2012)
Ernest Dawkins - alto saxophone
Willerm Delisfort - piano
Junius Paul - bass
Isaiah Spencer - drums
Ruben Alvarez - percussion
Dawkins is one of my favorite modern saxophonists, I've seen him 5 or 6 times, mostly in Chicago where he hails from. In fact I bought my copy of this disc from the man himself and he kindly signed it for me. I love his take on this tune and his solo in particular. This album is much more inside than most of what he does.
10. "Dear Lord" (Coltrane)
from MARILYN CRISPELL TRIO - Live in Zurich (1990)
Crispell - piano
Reggie Workman - bass
Paul Motian - drums
I think Crispell must love this tune, judging by the way she plays it and the fact that I have another recording of her doing this with Joseph Jarman. I feel the spirit of Trane in this.
11. "Solo for Unaccompanied Bass" (Brown)
from RAY BROWN - Bass Hit! (1957)
Brown - bass
Ray Brown will always be the man. Sadly this is the only solo bass track from this LP, and I believe the only solo bass track he ever recorded. It's a beautiful piece of work, IMO.
12. "Cultural Differences" (Reid)
from HEAR IN NOW - Not Living in Fear (2017)
Mazz Swift - violin, voice
Tomeka Reid - cello
Silvia Bolognesi - bass
I'm still becoming familiar with this album but it's pretty incredible. This particular track is just stunning to me. I think someone on Twitter mentioned it and when I knew Tomeka Reid was involved I knew I had to have it.
13. "Arashi No Yoru Kimi Ni Tsugu"* (Watanabe)
from KAZUMI WATANABE & RESONANCE VOX - Pandora (1991)
Kazumi Watanabe - guitars
Vagabonde Suzuki - electric bass
Rikiya Higashihara - drums
Tomohiro Yahiro - percussion
Asuka Kaneko - violin
Zakir Hussain - tabla
* "To the Stormy You"? (according to Google Translate)
Yes, I know this was the wildcard. What can I say? I love Kazumi. And Asuka Kaneko on violin is absolutely ON FIRE here.
14. "Have Mercy Upon Us / Chant" (Myers)
from AMINA CLAUDINE MYERS - Song for Mother E (1980)
Amina Claudine Myers - organ, voice
Pheeroan AkLaff - drums, gong, little instruments, voice
Words are going to fail me on this one. Myers is beyond category and there are no superlatives I can use that will be enough for her. This piece is an 11 minute trip to somewhere beyond this world...a trip I want to take as often as possible.
And there it is! Thanks to all who listened and commented. Phew! Now I can go check out BFT 189!