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Bruce Williamson Quartet featuring Art: Standard Transmission (2010)

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Bruce Williamson Quartet featuring Art: Standard Transmission Track review of "Mysterious Moon"

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One of the early genius elements of small ensemble jazz manifested November 26, 1945, when Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
1920 - 1955
sax, alto
entered the studio with Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
and Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
1917 - 1993
trumpet
, and, using the harmonic foundation of Ray Noble's "Cherokee," recorded a new melody, call "Ko-Ko." He went on to do the same with the Hamilton/Lewis composition "How High The Moon," which became "Ornithology," and Fats Waller
Fats Waller
Fats Waller
1904 - 1943
piano
's "Honeysuckle Rose," which became "Scrapple from the Apple." Later, clever interpreters would make arrangements of the original and the jazz-influenced melodies played over one another, as Bach would have done had he smoked a spliff and went "Thriving from a Riff."

In a similar spirit, saxophonist Bruce Williamson creates a mash-up of Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
's "Misterioso" with the aforementioned "How High The Moon" on "Mysterious Moon." Separately, the two pieces seem to have little in common. However, with Williamson on alto saxophone playing "How High The Moon," while pianist Art Lande
Art Lande
Art Lande

piano
performs the familiar Monk valedictory, the melodies come together—not perfectly, but in an intriguing enough way to be considered inventive. Here the counterpoint turns from Bach and spliff to Scarlatti and mushrooms.


Track Listing: Track #1; Track #2; Track #3.

Personnel: Bruce Williamson: alto and soprano saxophones, flute, bass clarinet; Art Lande: piano, melodica; Peter Barshay: bass; Alan Hall: drums.

Record Label: Origin Records


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