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BFT 188 REVEAL

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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.

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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!
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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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And there it is! Thanks to all who listened and commented. Phew! Now I can go check out BFT 189!

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Totally agree with you on the Max Roach album.  Criminal and bizarre that it never made CD.  The version of "It's Time" on there is one of my all-timers.   I need to check out that Mary Lou Williams album when the CD becomes more readily available/affordable and the Amina Claudia Myers also if it ever becomes available on CD.  Also Connie Crothers (who I was not previously familiar with) seems like a good subject for further research.  That Rikers Island album has never really worked for me for whatever reason.  Thanks so much for the stimulating BFT, and yes, please check out BFT 189!

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That Max album was leased to Columbia by Max, via Bruce Lundvall. It's not Columbia's to reissue.

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I should have identified that Mary Lou Williams' album, even with your inclusion of a bonus cut, because I have it both in LP (purchased when it was first released) and CD (with the bonus cuts). It has been featured on other Blindfold Tests, but not that track.

Some great things here are new to me--the Frequency album (I like everything I have heard Nicole Mitchell on), the Ray Brown solo track, that Elmo Hope album with my all time favorite John Gilmore, that Amina Claudine Myers album (I have several other albums by her, and saw her live in the early 1980s).

Great, and very intriguing, Blindfold Test!!!

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The Roach album can be had at IOMOIO.com.  It's vinyl converted into mp3 files. 

 

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14 minutes ago, Milestones said:

The Roach album can be had at IOMOIO.com.  It's vinyl converted into mp3 files. 

 

Is that a legit site?

Roach produced that record on his own dime and then leased it to Columbia. I find it unlikely (but not impossible) that a site such as this has gotten permission to offer this record.

cf: https://www.iomoio.com/help.html#q23

Q: Is your web site legal?

Yes, the availability over the Internet of the Iomoio.com materials is authorized by the license # IT - 07/13 No IT - 07 - 1/13 of the Ukrainian Public Organization "Avtor" issued for Iomoio Ltd. All these materials are solely for personal use. Any further distribution, resale or broadcasting is prohibited. All these materials are solely for personal use. Any further distribution, resale or broadcasting is prohibited.

Q: If your web site is legal, how can you sell music for $0.16/track compared to iTunes $0.99/track?

A: Our company and licensing authority is located outside U.S. area and we do not have to follow $0.99/track minimum regulations.

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I should have listened to this. A fan of the Frequency, Amina, Here In Now and Crispell suggests some coincidence of taste. I had trouble tracking the Dawkins down in UK/Europe when I first became aware of it. This is my prompt to look again

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Somebody should track down Maxine or whoever is the caretaker of the Roach estate and work something out to release this on CD!

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1 hour ago, felser said:

Somebody should track down Maxine or whoever is the caretaker of the Roach estate and work something out to release this on CD!

Agreed! I think it's one of that lineup's best albums, if not their best.

On 12/4/2019 at 11:43 AM, felser said:

Totally agree with you on the Max Roach album.  Criminal and bizarre that it never made CD.  The version of "It's Time" on there is one of my all-timers.   I need to check out that Mary Lou Williams album when the CD becomes more readily available/affordable and the Amina Claudia Myers also if it ever becomes available on CD.  Also Connie Crothers (who I was not previously familiar with) seems like a good subject for further research.  That Rikers Island album has never really worked for me for whatever reason.  Thanks so much for the stimulating BFT, and yes, please check out BFT 189!

I definitely will! Have only had time for track 1 so far but based on that alone I can tell it's gonna be a fun one!

The Mary Lou Williams CD is fantastic, but yeah, Steeplechase discs are not always as easy to find as one would hope.

I also think it's criminal that the Amina album isn't available on CD...that is an AMAZING record.

On 12/4/2019 at 1:45 PM, Hot Ptah said:

I should have identified that Mary Lou Williams' album, even with your inclusion of a bonus cut, because I have it both in LP (purchased when it was first released) and CD (with the bonus cuts). It has been featured on other Blindfold Tests, but not that track.

Some great things here are new to me--the Frequency album (I like everything I have heard Nicole Mitchell on), the Ray Brown solo track, that Elmo Hope album with my all time favorite John Gilmore, that Amina Claudine Myers album (I have several other albums by her, and saw her live in the early 1980s).

Great, and very intriguing, Blindfold Test!!!

Thank you sir! I think you'd really enjoy that Frequency CD. 

4 hours ago, mjazzg said:

I should have listened to this. A fan of the Frequency, Amina, Here In Now and Crispell suggests some coincidence of taste. I had trouble tracking the Dawkins down in UK/Europe when I first became aware of it. This is my prompt to look again

Cheers! 

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