jueves, 4 de junio de 2009

Billy Harper - Black Saint (1975)


Tenor saxophonist Billy Harper helped launch the Italy-based Black Saint jazz label with this 1975 release. And not only does this represent the inaugural outing for the label, it also signifies one of the finest modern jazz releases of the '70s. Influenced by tenor sax giant John Coltrane, Harper proceeded to mold a distinctly personalized sound awash with slight inferences of R&B and hard bop. Additionally, the saxophonist's melodic gifts come to the forefront throughout this often-invigorating studio date. On the opening piece, titled "Dance Eternal Spirits, Dance," the tenor saxophonist fuses an engagingly melodic theme with lightning-fast flurries atop a peppery jazz waltz groove. Harper radiantly executes soul-searching lines atop a loosely based jazz waltz/swing vamp during "Croquet Ballet," as he alternates lower-register voicings with high-pitched, plaintive cries. Here the artist shrewdly reworks the primary melody as he literally interrogates his tenor saxophone. Highlights abound, while trumpeter Virgil Jones and pianist Joe Bonner provide Harper with buoyant frameworks via hearty soloing and intuitive support. Vigorously recommended. (Glen Astarita)

1.- Dance, Eternal Spirits, Dance!
2.- Croquet Ballet
3.- Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart


Billy Harper (tenor sax and cow bell); Virgil Jones (trumpet); Joe Bonner (piano); David Friesen (bass); Malcolm Pinson (drums)

Recorded on July 21 & 22, 1975 at Barclay Studios, Paris.

10 comentarios:

Travis dijo...

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jazzjose dijo...

gracias. ya estoy por aquí

Travis dijo...

Estupendo, te haré colaborador para que puedas empezar a subir discos. Un saludo!

Mándame tu nuevo correo de gmail a mi cuenta...y así podré invitarte.

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mk dijo...

Great post of another Black Saint Classic! Thanks alot

JAHZZMAFREEKKKANS dijo...

Felicidades por tu blog¡¡ muy buenos discos, ojala y tuvieras el disco de Bennie Green - Back on the scene. saludos¡¡

kike hurtado dijo...

Gracias Travis,

otro Black Saint para la colección!

Un abrazo fraterno desde el confin del mundo,

Kike :)

Travis dijo...

Ese disco de Bennie Green aparece en su caja Mosaic Select. Algún día la subiré...

jazzjose dijo...

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Travis dijo...

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