(2017) Illusions

Arthur Blythe

... read moreIt is surprising how artistically productive altoist Arthur Blythe was during his period on Columbia. Despite the hype and Columbia's reputation for pressuring artists to play mass-appeal music, Blythe's recordings for that label are inventive and creative. For this, his third Columbia release...

36′:35″ 6 Songs

1
Arthur Blythe
Bush Baby
6:32
2
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Miss Nancy
7:28
3
Arthur Blythe
Illusions
4:15
4
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My Son Ra
6:02
5
Arthur Blythe
Carespin' With Mamie
7:08
6
Arthur Blythe
As Of Yet
5:10
Released 29 March 2017, ℗ 1980 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Review

It is surprising how artistically productive altoist Arthur Blythe was during his period on Columbia. Despite the hype and Columbia's reputation for pressuring artists to play mass-appeal music, Blythe's recordings for that label are inventive and creative. For this, his third Columbia release, Blythe uses two different groups: an "in the tradition" quartet with pianist John Hicks, bassist Fred Hopkins, and drummer Steve McCall, and a more eccentric unit with guitarist James Blood Ulmer, cellist Abdul Wadud, tuba player Bob Stewart, and drummer Bobby Battle. No matter the setting, the distinctive alto of Blythe is heard in top form on six of his unusual originals. It's recommended. ~ Scott Yanow