A rich array of tones and sounds from the trio of Thollem McDonas on piano, William Parker on bass, and Nels Cline on guitar – all served up in a heady brew that grabs us right from the very first note! Some of the sharper tones of McDonas and Cline are warmed up nicely by Parker's bass – a great choice for the trio, as it helps ground the more experimental modes of the other two players, yet still give them plenty of freedom to shift and shimmer as much as they want. At times, there's almost a trembling sort of quality to the music – which really makes the set sound unique – and titles include "There Are", "As Many Worlds", "In A Life", "As There Are", "Lives", "In The World". CD
One of the first albums to really show Blue Mitchell's genius as a leader – recorded past the more formulaic bop modes of some of his other Riverside sessions, and handled with a lyrical edge that really gets at the best aspects of his playing. Of course, part of the reason for this is that Blue's in the company of some of his Horace Silver bandmates – including drummer Roy Brooks, tenorist Junior Cook, and bassist Gene Taylor – but even more than that, the presence of a young Cedar Walton on piano really makes the set sparkle, as does the choice of some extremely strong material – such as "The Cup Bearers" and "Capers", both written by that young and glowing jazz compositional lumiary, Tom McIntosh, and the tunes "Turquoise, written by Walton, and "Dingbat Blues", written by Charles Davis. Forgive the long sentence, but the quality of this one's best expressed in a single breath! CD
Paul Horn —
Visions ... CD Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1974. New Copy ...
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Nice fusiony jazz done with soul and airy atmophere by Paul Horn – including some choice covers, and sounds that range from fusiony jazz with a little bit of funk and more lilting numbers lifted by flute and wordless vocals! Horn has a tendency to go head first into a more new agey vibe, but here we get a more grounded approach with more soul and bits of funk in the bass, keys & percussion. The players include Larry Carlton, Joe Sample and Tom Scott. Includes a nice takes on a trio of Stevie Wonder numbers: "Too High", "Visions" and "Living For The City", Joni Mitchell's "Blue" and "Chelsea Morning" (the former featuring some vocals and keyboards by Joni), plus "High Tide"., "Long Time Gone", "Song With No Words" and "Dida". CD