"Recorded 11 months after Charles Mingus' death, this set from the bassist's longtime drummer Dannie Richmond is his first of two tributes to Mingus; it would be followed by a Timeless set nine months later. Richmond teams up with three members of Mingus Dynasty (with whom he was touring Europe): tenor saxophonist Bill Saxton, pianist Danny Mixon and bassist Mike Richmond. Despite their fine playing on the record, Saxton and Mixon have both remained fairly obscure. Surprisingly, the quartet does not actually play any Mingus tunes, instead performing 'If You Could See Me Now' (which Richmond sings) and four of the drummer's originals, including 'Love Bird' and the 18-minute 'Ode to Mingus.' Throughout the date, Richmond's drumming (which is showcased on the brief solo piece 'Olduval Gorge') is heard in prime form."
Recorded live at The Concord Jazz Festival on August, 1979
Ray BrownbassMonty AlexanderpianoErnestine AndersonvocalsJeff Hamiltondrums
01. Introductory Announcement 0:18 02. Blue Bossa (Dorham) 4:55 03. Bossa Nova do Marilla (Evans) 4:17 04. Manha de Carnaval (Bonfa, Maria) 6:47 05. St. Louis Blues (Handy) 4:45 06. Introductory Announcement 0:07 07. Fly Me to the Moon (Howard) 4:01 08. Georgia on My Mind (Carmichael, Gorrell) 6:13 09. Here's That Rainy Day (Burke, VanHeusen) 5:22 10. Please Send Me Someone to Love (Mayfield) 5:52 11. Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Waller) 5:51 12. Concluding Announcement 0:19
01. Patch Of Light I 02. Hyperborean 03. Patch Of Light II 04. Duke Vinaccia 05. Infinite Distance 06. Vanishing Waltz 07. The Island 08. Invisible Sideman 09. Rambler 10. Dragon Dance 11. Stillness 12. Too Late For A Picture
Recorded at Rainbow Studios, Oslo, Norway in December, 1996.
Arild Andersen's Hyperborean is based on an Ancient Greek legend: according to the myth, the Hyperboreans lived beyond the north winds, where the sun god Apollo presided. Andersen has created an impressive song cycle that draws from contemporary instrumental, European jazz, jazz-rock and the distinctive ECM production sound. Andersen's playing is typically tasteful and the compositions are unpredictable and evocative, making Hyperborean another worthy addition to his catalog. (Stephen Thomas Erlewine ~ All Music Guide)
Collected recordings of two excellent hard bop units consisting of musicians solely from Detroit, the first led by Thad Jones and Billy Mitchell and the second by Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams that not only stand out as two of the rarest of the Bethlehem jazz recordings, but which are also two of the best records made by the teams of these venerable Detroiters. Lone Hill Jazz chose to market this CD under the names of Flanagan and Chambers which were present on both sessions. Both combos groove very nicely here and who dares not to in the presence of hard bop royalty such as Kenny Burrell, Thad Jones, Al Grey, Pepper Adams, Donald Byrd, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, "Hey" Lewis (a Louis Hayes alias) and Elvin Jones. The bands are very tight and the tracks are long enough that everybody gets in some good licks on the solos. 9 numbers in all. Originally released as Motor City Scene (#1-4) and Stardust (#5-9) on the Bethlehem label this CD puts the 2 sessions together for the first time. Way harder than most of the west coast sessions on Bethlehem, and two essential hard bop classics that's nigh on impossible to find on wax.
Motor City Scene Complete Recordings
1-4 (Motor City Scene) Thad Jones (cnt, flhrn), Al Gery (tb), Billy Mitchell (ts), Tommy Flanagan (p), Paul Chambers (b), Elvin Jones (d) New York October 24 & 32, 1959
5-9 (Stardust) Donald Byrd (tp), Pepper Adams (bar), Tommy Flanagan (p), Kenny Burrell (g), Paul Chambers (b), Louis Hayes (d) New York, 1960
1. Let's Play One 2. Minor on Top 3. Like Old Times 4. No Refill