"RABO de NUBE"
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Saxophonist-flutist Charles Lloyd opens his latest CD "Rabo de Nube" ("Tail of a Cloud") with "Prometheus," which begins with fire and then settles into an almost free exchange between bassist Reuben Rogers and pianist Jason Moran. Moran takes his solo, which leads to some excitingly creative drumming by Eric Harland.
"Migration of the Spirit" is pure Lloyd and could be and has been labeled "A big radiant tenor meditation." Its similarity to parts of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme," also a deeply meditative piece, is striking.
Lloyd picks up his alto flute to honor childhood friend Booker Little with "Booker's Garden." The musicianship here is at a level most high!
"EVERTHING STARTS NOW"
MICHAEL PEDICIN QUINTET
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The first impression is of a big buxom tone and come with the very first notes of the first track of this release by veteran player Michael Pedicin.
The tune "Pelican" is performed in the tradition of masters like Coleman Hawkins, Dexter Gordon and Ike Quebec over a samba rhythm accompaniment. Keys to that are bassist Chris Coangelo, drummer Michael Sarin and pianist Mick Rossi. "LA to Philly" is an exceptional modal blues with Pedicin muscling his way through, followed by an intense Johnnie Valentino guitar solo.
The ballad "After The Rainbow is Over" again exhibits Pedicin's classic tone but its' delivery takes a more modern form. Rossi contributes a gentle piano solo and together with Valentino picking, close it out.
"THE CANNONBALL ADDERLEY SEXTET IN NEW YORK"
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This is re-released material in what is now called the Keepnews Collection, named for Riverside Records famed producer Orrin Keepnews who produced much of that label's best selling albums.
It is a follow up to Adderley's earlier recording, "The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco." Like all Adderley groups, this a powerhouse unit. With Cannonball on alto, brother Nat on cornet, Yusef Lateef, tenor, flute, oboe; Joe Zawinul, piano; Sam Jones, bass and drummer Louis Hayes, it is a group designed to swing.
"Planet Earth," written by Lateef, is typical of the material here. It has a ferocious tempo throughout and hard swinging solos beginning with Cannon's alto which one might think hot enough to call the fire Marshall. Nat Adderley's cornet reached for the sky, setting up Lateef's extraordinary tenor.
"BAGS MEETS WES"
MILT JACKSON AND WES MONTGOMERY
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Another Orrin Keepnews-produced album is available on CD and brings the music of a legendary quintet to the forefront.
The works of guitarist West Montgomery and vibist Milt Jackson stand as a challenge to today's crop of young players who play the same instruments. No vibist who has followed Jackson has been able to combine his ultimate swinging with his lyricism.
Guitarist Montgomery changed guitar playing forever with his highly stylistic approach. The news is that these two master musicians in company with pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Philly Joe Jones are once again available, this time on CD, performing such great tunes as "Stablemates," "Stairway to The Stars," "Blue Roz" and more.
"Blue Roz" is an up tempo shuffle with Jackson taking the first solo followed by Montgomery and then Kelly. It swings with a certain authenticity missing in much of today's product.
Included are four bonus tracks, which are different takes on the first seven cuts.
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