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Tears for Dolphy and more [CD]

Ted Curson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Mar 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: DA Music
  • ASIN: B0000UN1IS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. KassimTed Curson Quartet 7:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. East Sixth StreetTed Curson Quartet 5:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 7/4 Funny TimeTed Curson Quartet 5:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tears For DolphyTed Curson Quartet 8:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. QuicksandTed Curson Quartet 6:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Reva's WaltzTed Curson Quartet 7:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Searchin' For The BluesTed Curson Quartet 7:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. DesolationTed Curson Quartet 8:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Light BlueTed Curson Quartet 3:430.79  Buy MP3 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I have had this album for a couple of years and find it increasingly rewarding the more I play and the more I become "familiar" with it. The music is thoughtful and skilful and is not trivial nor catchy and is without instant appeal. It is not "background music". These comments are given as praise and not adverse criticism. This isn't a "pop record".

I first heard Curson on the album "Charles Mingus presents Charles Mingus" fifty years ago. That album remains one of the most impressive albums in my collection. It was on that album that I first understood what it meant to "bend a note". The exponent was Ted Curson. Curson also features on a couple of other Mingus albums from the early 1960s.

This album from 1964 is music of a similar vein. It leans towards the avant garde but one can also hear a Miles Davis influence. Like "CM present CM" this is a piano-less quartet.

The tracks (none are "standards") vary in flavour. Kassim has Middle Eastern / Spanish sounds, others fast tempo tunes, some more "mainstream / bebop" and the title track an appropriately tempo-ed elegy to a dearly loved departed colleague.

Upon original release Allmusic gave a 4-star graded review. Curson plays well but for me doesn't reach the heights inspired by the presence of Mingus. Well worth exploring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ted Curson's exhilarating quartet from 1964. 19 Jan 2013
By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The underrated trumpeter Ted Curson(1935-2012) recorded this studio date in Paris on August 1, 1964 with a pianoless quartet including tenorist Bill Barron, bassist Herb Bushler and drummer Dick Berk.
The nine varied tracks feature five originals by Curson and four by Barron with the highlights including 'Quicksand', 'Searchin' For The Blues' and the moving title-track dedicated to Eric Dolphy who had died a couple of months earlier.
Curson once described his playing as "one foot in avant-garde, one foot in mainstream". The exhilarating and swinging music on 'Tears For Dolphy' is a fascinating blend of hard bop and free jazz which deserves to be more widely known.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheers For "Tears" 11 Sep 2000
By Michael B. Richman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ted Curson's "Tears For Dolphy," made in the watershed year of 1964, is an outstanding album that captures many of the outward directions in which jazz was headed at that point in its history. It is only natural that Curson would coalesce different elements of the new jazz. Several of the tunes have a Mingus-like flavor, particularly the romping, stomping "Quicksand" and "Reava's Waltz," which is understanable since Curson was a Mingus band member and contributor to such fine recordings as "At Antibes" and "CM Presents CM." "Kassim," with its middle-eastern like rhythm and melody, "Desolation" are reminiscent of Eric Dolphy's stint with the Coltrane Quartet. In fact Dolphy and Curson had played together with Mingus, and this recording was made a matter of weeks after Eric's tragic death, hence mournful elegy "Tears For Dolphy" for which the album is named. Finally, since this recording is a pianoless quartet, with Bill Barron on tenor sax and clarinet, Herb Bushler on bass and Dick Berk on drums, some tunes have a feel similar to Ornette's work on Atlantic, particularly "7/4 Funny Time." I do not say these things to be negative, because there is nothing bad about this recording. By synthesizing these diverse styles Curson and his band have come up with a thoughtful, creative, swinging, and forward-looking affair. "Tears For Dolphy" is quite enjoyable and I thoroughly recommend it.
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