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Yusef Lateef: Ten Years Hence

Read "Ten Years Hence" reviewed by Bert Bailey

This 2008 release of a live 1975 performance at San Francisco's Keystone Korner may appeal to Lateef completists, but those still new to him or curious about his fame might consider starting elsewhere.

The first of Ten Years Hence's five long numbers is Bob Cunningham's three-part “Samba De Amor," which begins with the bassist bowing ...

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Don Ellis: Don Ellis at Fillmore

Read "Don Ellis at Fillmore" reviewed by Jim Santella

What a memorable album. I guess I grew up on this one. That was back when my hair still had color, my knees both worked quite well, and I still had that “fresh out of college" attitude that took me off in many directions at once.

Don Ellis takes you off on a whirlwind ...

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Don Ellis: Tears of Joy

Read "Tears of Joy" reviewed by Jim Santella

Recorded at San Francisco's Basin Street West in 1971, Tears of Joy marked a subtle change in the Don Ellis big band. The trumpeter was gradually drifting toward popular music, and he was beginning to use the new electronic technology to its best advantage. However, he continued to load each arrangement with the kinds of musical ...

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Don Ellis: Connection

Read "Connection" reviewed by Jim Santella

In the early 1970s, Don Ellis reshaped his big band, dropping the three acoustic basses and substituted one Fender bass. His guitarist added echoplex effects and wah-wah sensations, taking the group away from its straight-ahead big band sound and plunging it into the electronic decade. The band got connected to pop culture.

Ellis made ...

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John McLaughlin: Music Spoken Here

Read "Music Spoken Here" reviewed by Walter Kolosky

Finally available from Wounded Bird Records, 1982's Music Spoken Here features the same line-up as the previous year’s Belo Horizonte. MSH is a little rougher around the edges than the earlier effort. This may be seen as an improvement to some, as the music is a bit wilder. But to others, the compositions may seem a ...

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Mahavishnu: Mahavishnu

Read "Mahavishnu" reviewed by Walter Kolosky

1984's Mahavishnu was supposed to mark the return of drummer Billy Cobham to John McLaughlin's side, in an attempt to recreate the spirit of the original Mahavishnu Orchestra. Although business disagreements led to the reunion ending badly behind the scenes, the record did manage to display some of the historic interplay these musicians had shared in ...

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John McLaughlin: Belo Horizonte

Read "Belo Horizonte" reviewed by Walter Kolosky

Shame, shame, shame on Warner Brothers for not releasing 1981's Belo Horizonte on CD until more than 18 years after it went out of print! Belo's original claim to fame was that McLaughlin played acoustic and the rest of the band played electric--apparently a new technological breakthrough! (The fact was announced loudly by a big sticker ...