N. Jones

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,537 - Total Helpful Votes: 565 of 653
What Am I Here For? ~ Harold Ashby
What Am I Here For? ~ Harold Ashby
4.0 out of 5 stars Surely it’s obvious?, 4 April 2014
Harold Ashby was a tenor sax player with a pedigree that stretched back beyond the time he was on the ‘jazz’ scene to around the late 1930s, when giants of tenor sax playing roamed the earth. Of those giants Ashby took his cues from Ben Webster, and to the extent that he ‘played the role’ of Webster in some of the last editions of the Duke Ellington band.

Highlighting any similarities between the respective approaches of the two men does them both a disservice, however, with Ashby suffering the fainter praise because he was essentially his own man, musically speaking. He proves it all over this set from 1990, where he keeps the younger company of pianist Mulgrew Miller, bass… Read more
Thesaurus ~ Clare Fischer
Thesaurus ~ Clare Fischer
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moment in time, 3 Mar 2014
If like me your knowledge of West Coast arrangers is limited to Marty Paich and Gerald Wilson, then Fisher’s the man to make up a thoroughly worthwhile trio. He has his own thing going on all over this album from 1968, a point emphasised by the fact that he’s responsible for most of the compositions too.

His harmonic sense is reflective of no voice other than his own too, but of course the music still wouldn’t amount to much if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s played by a band of seasoned pros who always know exactly what they’re doing, a point emphasised by both Bill Perkins in his baritone sax solo on “Calamus” and Warne Marsh’s tenor sax outing on “Miles Behind” which, as was… Read more
Creative Orchestra (Koln) 1978 ~ Anthony Braxton
Creative Orchestra (Koln) 1978 ~ Anthony Braxton
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Anthony Braxton’s discography is now so extensive that it could be used to construct a rough shelter, albeit perhaps only in a reasonably clement climate. This two disc set comes from a period in his life when he was a contentious figure, upsetting the purists in covering ground outside of what might be known as the ‘jazz’ continuum and doing it with an intellect high enough for less rarefied individuals to take pot-shots at it, which they also did because his music didn’t –and doesn’t- swing, which is of course a prerequisite for ‘jazz’ at least in some opinions.

So here we get –to some- forbidding structures in the form of “Language Improvisations” and a celebration bordering… Read more

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