Herbie Nichols, Vol. 1
Of particular note are Johnson's arrangements, which cast intriguing degrees of shadow and light through harmonic pairings of guitar and horn. On "Love, Gloom, Cash, Love," for instance, Johnson picks delicate, tender lines while Grenadier's trumpet deftly cascades up and down the melody. With "Crisp Day," the contrast is even more dramatic, as Johnson's musing guitar plays parent to Garzone's youthful, frolicking soprano. In both cases, the result is a delightfully textured sound that manifests the depth of Nichols' compositions.
Above all else, Johnson's recording reinforces the fact that, though buried for some 40 years, this material remains compelling and poignant to the ear today. The more musicians endeavor to play this fine music, the more people will get a chance to hear it - and eventually, perchance, the rightful legacy of Herbie Nichols will at last be realized.
Note: this review originally appeared in All About Jazz: New York .
Track Listing: 1. It Didn't Happen (Nichols) - 4:46 2. Love, Gloom, Cash, Love (Nichols) - 5:54 3. Furthermore (Nichols) - 5:19 4. Lady Sings the Blues (Nichols) - 7:10 5. Crisp Day (Nichols) - 4:21 6. Every Cloud (Nichols) - 5:56 7. Dance Line (Nichols) - 4:35 8. Step Tempest (Nichols) - 6:15 9. Chit Chatting (Nichols) - 5:16 10. Shuffle Montgomery (Nichols) - 6:34
Personnel: George Garzone - Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor) ; Bob Nieske - Bass (Acoustic) ; Nat Mugavero - Drums ; Phil Grenadier - Trumpet ; Eric T. Johnson - Guitar.
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