A fantastic early album from jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby! Ashby's a unique talent like no other – and despite the fact that she plays a rather sleepy instrument, the harp, she swings with an other-wordly quality that's simply amazing, quite exotic, and very much in the camp of players like Yusef Lateef or Les Jazz Modes, who were trying similar experiments in jazz. This session features Dorothy in a quartet with the flute of Frank Wess, the bass of Herman Wright, and the drums of Roy Haynes, whose warm lyrical touches provide the perfect melodicism for the group. Titles include "Rascallity", "Bohemia After Dark", "Taboo", "Autumn In Rome", and "It's A Minor Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing, from the 70s!)
Peter Brotzmann —
Alarm ... LP FMP (Germany), 1981. Near Mint- ...
An incredible record that's every bit as bracing as you might guess from the title – a real standout in Peter Brotzmann's catalog of the 1980s, and an album that returns him to the sheer raw power of his late 60s classics! Alarm is a live performance dominated by Brotzmann's composition of the same name – "Alarm" – a work of very unusual textures, based around graphic instructions for response to a nuclear emergency! Brotzmann has the larger group moving through waves and bursts of sound – carried off wonderfully by performers who include Toshinori Kondon on trumpet, FrankWright and Willem Breuker on saxes, Alan Tomlinson on trombone, Harry Miller on bass, Louis Moholo on drums, and Alexander Von Schlippenbach on piano. The concert also features a performance of FrankWright's "Jerry Sacem" – and was supposed to last longer, except that the building was evacuated in the middle of the show because of a bomb threat! LP, Vinyl record album
Paul Desmond serves up his own versions of some key tunes by Simon & Garfunkel tunes – with results that are simply amazing! The style here takes all the airy brilliance of the original S&G tunes, and turns it towards a more jazz-based mode – one that has some of the slight Brazilian undercurrents in the rhythms that you'll find on Desmond's previous two albums for CTI! The full arrangements are by Don Sebesky, who brings a great sense of balance to the set – and Herbie Hancock plays some great electric piano, in a group that also features Airto on percussion and Gene Bertoncini on guitar. But the real star of the set is Paul Desmond – blowing with that amazing tone of his – and sliding from tune to tune with effortless ease, in a way that really transforms these tunes in their instrumental readings. Titles include "Cecilia", "Mrs. Robinson", "America", "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright", and "Scarborough Fair" – all done with a sweet jazzy A&M approach! LP, Vinyl record album