128

Various: Bop Lives!

Ken Hohman By

Sign in to view read count
Various: Bop Lives! While 50 years of music from Delmark Records is a reason for any jazz or blues fan to celebrate, Bop Lives! is the kind of low budget sampler you would expect from a lesser label. It appears that all eight tracks were chosen by blindfold and that no special attention was paid to chronology. In fact, Delmark's only connection to several of these tracks is that they bought the licensing rights to the original Apollo Records recordings. But as a loss leader for newbie jazz consumers, Bop Lives! is a decent collection.

Who's to complain with Coleman Hawkins' groundbreaking "Woody 'N You," the undistilled bebop of pianist Sir Charles Thompson and Charlie Parker on "Street Beat" and the righteous right hand of Bud Powell circa 1962 on the swinging "Rifftide"? It's always great to hear the redoubtable tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and veteran hard bop pianist Harold Mabern trading choruses on Cecil Payne"s "Cuba." The same can be said for the inspired high-speed solos of tenor Jimmy "Night Train" Forrest, guitarist Grant Green and Mabern (again) on the underrated gem "All The Gin Is Gone." The interesting live version of "Blues Walk" by Donald Byrd, from his debut recording in 1955, shows Byrd and Yusef Lateef firmly in the grip of the bebop language, but it's a strange choice for a collection so obviously geared to those new to the bop genre.

Some liner notes would have been a welcome addition to Bop Lives!, but for that privilege you would have probably had to pay full price.


Track Listing: 1. Coleman Hawkins with Dizzy Gillespie---Woody'n You 2. Jimmy Forrest---All The Gin Is Gone 3. Sir Charles Thompson with Charlie Parker---Street Beat 4. Francine Griffin---Anthropology 5. Bud Powell---Rifftide 6. Cecil Payne---Cuba 7. Donald Byrd---Blues Walk 8. Babs Gonzales---Ray's Groove

Personnel: Various

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Delmark Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Live at PafA CD/LP/Track Review Live at PafA
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Ocean of Storms CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "Brain//Child" CD/LP/Track Review Brain//Child
by Geno Thackara
Published: December 24, 2016
Read "Pineapples and Ashtrays" CD/LP/Track Review Pineapples and Ashtrays
by James Nadal
Published: May 8, 2016
Read "Flow" CD/LP/Track Review Flow
by Budd Kopman
Published: July 9, 2016
Read "Lost Signals" CD/LP/Track Review Lost Signals
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 25, 2016
Read "The Motorman's Son" CD/LP/Track Review The Motorman's Son
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 18, 2017
Read "My Scandinavian Blues: A Tribute To Horace Parlan" CD/LP/Track Review My Scandinavian Blues: A Tribute To Horace Parlan
by Chris Mosey
Published: November 8, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!