Feb 23, 2011

Kalaparusha - Kwanza

barabara sounds sez:

The one and only Kalaparusha, free and fiery, on Baystate from '77 (to be precise, recorded in NYC in M
ay 9, 1977)
. This little number goes for substantial bucks for the original album, and even the reissue — which this is ripped from — is hard to get hold of now. W
hich is why the scans, including the art above, still have the obi and shrink wrap on.

what my original post said:

I had this post all ready to go up for a couple of weeks. But while I dallied (out of town actually), it has now been posted over at the excellent Inconstant Sol, so I didn't bother. Instead, head over there to pick it up — and check out the comments, including a link to a film about where Kalaparushi Maurice McIntyre is at right now (and it ain't a good place).

But enough time has elapsed, so this has been reinstated as a full-fledged barabara sounds post. Too good not to share :-)


Kwanza; Leo; Buumba; Around We Go


Kalaparusha: tenor sax & clarinet

Malachi Thompson: trumpet

Hakim Jami: bass

John Betsch: drums

Juma Sultan: congas & percussions

Feb 20, 2011

Don Friedman - Circle Waltz

barabara sounds sez:
I recently dusted this gem off again and was reminded h
ow excellent it is. Friedman's bad luck was to follow and forever be in the shadow of Bill Evans. But this set on Riverside was well received over this side of the pond (it got a record of the year award here back in 1962), and he still visits from time to time. With Israels and LaRoca backing him — apart from one solo track (So In Love) — it really is an underappreciated overlooked gem. I'm obviously not the only one either: the amazon review below really revs it up (while inevitably Yawno damns it with faint praise).

dusty sez:
A great little set from Friedman – a vastly underrated pianist who's working here as a bright young modernist in a trio with Chuck Israels on bass and Pete LaRoca on drums. The tracks have a freedom that reminds us a lot of Bill Evans' early work, with a warm lyricism that never gets too hokey – yet isn't afraid to show itself in Friedman's original compositions.

an amazon customer sez:
If Evans is Matisse, Don Friedman is Kandinsky. The album is nearly uniform in its intensity and inventiveness, but the title track, Circle Waltz, stands out. Compare it to Evans' Gloria's Step and Re: Someone I Know. All these songs seem to paint a picture of the city and modernity that a jazz piano alone could have captured.

AMG (scott yawno) sez:
Even ignoring that bassist Chuck Israels is on this set and the similarity of some of the repertoire, it is difficult to overlook the fact that pianist Don Friedman sounds very similar to Bill Evans. With drummer Pete LaRoca completing the trio and such songs as "I Hear a Rhapsody," "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "So In Love" joining four of the leader's originals, Friedman uses chord voicings similar to Evans and engages in the same type of close interplay with his sidemen.

Circle Waltz;
Sea's Breeze; I Hear A Rhapsody; In Your Own Sweet Way; Loves Parting; So In Love; Modes Pivoting

Don Friedman piano; Chuck Israels bass; Pete La Roca drums.

Feb 15, 2011

Yosuke Yamashita - Spider

barabara sounds sez:
Staying close to home, and more from the superb Yosuke Yamashita. Spider is one of six (I believe) he made with his New York Trio, which comprised him plus the great Cecil McBee and Pheeroan akLaff. They began playing together in 1988, and so by the time this fine set was laid down (in NYC, in June '95) they'd built up a really good understanding.

The trio are in top form from the get-go. and there's some great playing. One of the stand-outs for me is One for M, but the title track, at the very end, is also a blast.

Cats Dance; Revenge Of Picasso; One For M; Quiet Days; Fourth Step; Kids In Memory;Doubles; Stream; Spider

The other feature of this album is the cool spider-themed artwork — full scans of the CD inserts included!

Looking for more Yamashita? Then check out the comprehensive discography over on the indispensible — but currently dormant — El Goog Ja, here... Unfortunately most of the RS links are extinct, but it'll give you an idea of what to look out for. Expect a few more posts in the future here...

Feb 7, 2011

Togashi-Yamashita Duo - Kizashi

barabara sounds sez:
Here's another duo out of Japan, but this time featuring piano and drums/percussion. Neither Yosuke Yamashita or Masahiko Togashi should need introduction — they're among the greats from the golden age of Japanese jazz and improvisation. This session laid down in 1980 is short (just 38 minutes) but very sweet, with some lovely inventive playing. And that is probably why this has gone through a couple of CD reissues (this rip is from the first ie non SHMCD) though currently OOP. The duo also recorded a live concert of the same material later the same year.

Kizashi [ 兆 ] means a sprout or bud, but can also mean a sign or omen — not in a mystical sense but apparently as a premonition of the future direction of jazz in Japan. Looking back, I'm not sure that means very much. But at the time it was exciting, the final fling of that golden age.