(2017) In The Tradition

Arthur Blythe

... read moreSometimes the easiest way to get "in" to someone's music is to see how they handle standards. Altoist Arthur Blythe, who -- although he has been associated somewhat with the avant-garde -- does not fit easily into any category, is heard on this 1978 studio session exploring four veteran songs plus...

32′:03″ 6 Songs

1
Arthur Blythe
Jitterbug Waltz
4:34
2
Arthur Blythe
In A Sentimental Mood
7:45
3
Arthur Blythe
Break Tune
3:03
4
Arthur Blythe
Caravan
5:22
5
Arthur Blythe
Hip Dripper
4:35
6
Arthur Blythe
Naima
6:44
Released 29 March 2017, ℗ 1979 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Review

Sometimes the easiest way to get "in" to someone's music is to see how they handle standards. Altoist Arthur Blythe, who -- although he has been associated somewhat with the avant-garde -- does not fit easily into any category, is heard on this 1978 studio session exploring four veteran songs plus two of his originals. The instrumentation of his quartet is conventional but the musicianship is exceptionally high (pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Fred Hopkins, and drummer Steve McCall), and it is quite interesting to hear how they stretch such songs as "In a Sentimental Mood," "Jitterbug Waltz," and "Caravan," making them sound fresh and original. ~ Scott Yanow