Hadley Caliman: Straight Ahead (2010)

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Hadley Caliman: Straight Ahead
The most appealing thing about Hadley Caliman, save for his very eloquent name, is his equally eloquent and understated tenor saxophone playing. Firmly in a post-John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
context, Caliman plays a virile and muscular tenor saxophone whose tone compels because of its carefully crafted rough edges. Straight Ahead follows up his 2008 Origin release Gratitude.

Caliman joins a ratified group of Left Coast jazz musicians who interrupted their careers, including Art Pepper

Art Pepper
Art Pepper
1925 - 1982
sax, alto
, Frank Morgan
Frank Morgan
Frank Morgan
1933 - 2007
sax, alto
, Ed Reed
Ed Reed
Ed Reed
b.1929
vocalist
, and Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
1923 - 1990
sax, tenor
(if you count his expatriation), among others. Caliman was active from the late 1960s through 1980, recording with Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana
b.1947
guitar
and Buddy Miles
Buddy Miles
Buddy Miles
1947 - 2008
drums
as well as Bobby Hutcherson
Bobby Hutcherson
Bobby Hutcherson
b.1941
vibraphone
and Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
1938 - 2008
trumpet
. Then, he dropped out of sight, resurfacing with Gratitude.

Caliman's song selection begins with his '60s original "Cigar Eddie," a hard bop scone smelling of scotch and cigarette smoke. Caliman and trumpeter Thomas Marriott

Thomas Marriott
Thomas Marriott
b.1975
trumpet
summon a Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan
1938 - 1972
trumpet
Benny Golson
Benny Golson
Benny Golson
b.1929
sax, tenor
vibe as deep as the Grand Canyon and wide as Caliman's broad, raspy tone. He spins a Latin vibe through the majority of Straight Ahead, most clearly manifested on the Thomas Marriott original "Cathlamet" and Lee Morgan's "Totem Pole."

Caliman achieves a grand after-hours milieu on the ballads "You Leave Me Breathless" and "Lush Life." Caliman's quintet is responsive to his needs and he returns the favor by sharing his solo space with Marriott and pianist Eric Verlinde. Caliman is one of those rare gems put in a safe place and forgotten about until rediscovery, leading to the hope of hearing more from this fine saxophonist.

Track Listing: Cigar Eddie; Rapture; You Leave Me Breathless; Cathlamet; Blues for PT; Lush Life; Totem Pole; The Night Has a Thousand Eyes.

Personnel: Hadley Caliman: tenor saxophone; Thomas Marriott: trumpet; Eric Verlinde: piano; Phil Parks: bass; Matt Jorgensen: drums.

Record Label: Origin Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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