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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 12 February 2016
The underrated trombonist/composer Grachan Moncur III(b. 1937) recorded his debut as leader for BLUE NOTE on November 21, 1963 with a stellar sextet including Jackie McLean(alto sax); Lee Morgan(trumpet); Bobby Hutcherson(vibes); Bob Cranshaw(bass) & Tony Williams(drums).
The four extended Moncur originals are full of atmospheric and inventive playing from all the sextet with 'Monk in Wonderland' probably the most memorable and accessible track.
'Evolution' is a neglected avant-garde classic that still sounds fresh over 50 years later and should be heard by anyone who appreciates adventurous and passionate modern jazz.
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on 9 May 2009
Moncur III's four great originals with a great sound of Blue Note's Rudy Van Gelder edition. A pianoless sextet features Lee Morgan, Jackie McLean, Bobby Hutcherson, Bob Cranshaw and Tony Williams. Grachan Moncur III is really a J.J. Johnson of Avantgarde. Bobby Hutcherson is at his best, especially in a song called "Monk In Wonderland". It's a pity that Moncur III made only two albums for Bluenote.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 8 August 2012
The underrated trombonist/composer Grachan Moncur III(b. 1937) recorded his debut as leader for BLUE NOTE on November 21, 1963 with a stellar sextet including Jackie McLean(alto sax), Lee Morgan(trumpet), Bobby Hutcherson(vibes), Bob Cranshaw(bass) & Tony Williams(drums).
The four extended Moncur originals are full of atmospheric and inventive playing from all the sextet with 'Monk in Wonderland' probably the most memorable and accessible track.
'Evolution' is a neglected BLUE NOTE classic that still sounds fresh over 50 years later and should be heard by anyone who appreciates adventurous and passionate modern jazz.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 29 March 2015
This 1963 with Moncur as leader was recorded just months after McLean's "Destination....Out!" with a similar (not identical) line-up. The "flavour" of these two albums is very similar. On both albums we have Grachan Moncur III (tmb), Jackie McLean (alto) and Bobby Hutcherson (vbs). For this album add Lee Morgan (tpt), Bob Cranshaw (bs) and Tony Williams (dms). All star musicians!
Moncur's music is quite idiosyncratic and is probably unique. It just shows how modern jazz had changed since bebop, even music of 1960, just three years earlier. Hard to describe in words. Very emotional, general slow tempoed chamber music. Admittedly not everyone's cup of tea, but it certainly "hits the spot" for me. I guess one needs the inventiveness, the individuality, the musical skill and rapport of great musicians to bring this music off. A rare quality.
I guess many would call this "experimental" music; it's far from routine, yet for those willing to listen it's rewarding music, and probably less challenging than I make it sound.
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