(2017) Blythe Spirit

Arthur Blythe

... read moreThis is one of the most well-rounded Arthur Blythe records from his Columbia period. The distinctive altoist performs three passionate originals and an unlikely version of "Strike Up The Band" with a quintet also including cellist Abdul Wadud, guitarist Kelvyn Bell, Bob Stewart on tuba and drummer...

39′:02″ 7 Songs

1
Arthur Blythe
Contemplation
6:54
2
Arthur Blythe
Faceless Woman
6:41
3
Arthur Blythe
Reverence
6:25
4
Arthur Blythe
Strike Up The Band
2:44
5
Arthur Blythe
Misty
7:24
6
Arthur Blythe
Spirits In The Field
3:29
7
Arthur Blythe
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
5:25
Released 29 March 2017, ℗ 1981 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Review

This is one of the most well-rounded Arthur Blythe records from his Columbia period. The distinctive altoist performs three passionate originals and an unlikely version of "Strike Up The Band" with a quintet also including cellist Abdul Wadud, guitarist Kelvyn Bell, Bob Stewart on tuba and drummer Bobby Battle. In addition he is featured on "Misty" with a more conventional trio (pianist John Hicks, bassist Fred Hopkins and drummer Steve McCall), plays his "Spirits In The Field" with Wadud and Stewart, and is quite effective on a reverent but swinging rendition of "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" with Stewart and organist Amina Claudine Myers. One of many Columbia LP's long overdue to be reissued on CD, this is a fairly definitive Arthur Blythe recording, showing off his links to hard bop, r&b and the avant-garde. ~ Scott Yanow