Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

323

Ted Daniel: Tapestry and The Loft Years

John Sharpe By

Sign in to view read count








Ted Daniel
Tapestry
Porter Records
2008


Ted Daniel
The Loft Years Volume 1
Ujamaa
2009




Though sometimes proposed as a period when little new was happening in jazz, the '70s saw the blossoming of one of the most fertile grassroots periods in the music's history with the Loft Jazz movement. By 1975 there was a proliferation of artist-run venues across Manhattan, providing an outlet for independent-minded experimentation without the need to please an audience. For trumpeter Ted Daniel this period represented a very creative and productive time, confirmed by the two live sets at hand.

Recorded at Ornette Coleman's Artist House performance space on Prince Street, Tapestry is a reissue of a 1974 date with an added bonus track. Four lengthy performances confound the old saw that the lofts were just about fire music. "Asafego" pitches the melancholic beauty of Daniel's trumpet, almost reminiscent of Miles, against a dense shimmering backdrop of brother Richard Daniel's electric piano and Khan Jamal's rippling vibes while beneath the surface Tim Ingles' marauding wah-wah electric bass provides some menace. More of the same introduces the title cut, before a "So What"-type groove signposts a series of solos, with Jerome Cooper's percussion conception the most ear-catching. Closer to the stereotype, "Mozambique" posits a fragmented and aggressive rhythmic base over which Daniel's molten flugelhorn runs can't quite conceal a melodic core. Though murky the sound is acceptable and compounds the sense that this historic document is a communiqué from an underappreciated time.

One year later, Daniel fronted a trio at Sunrise Studio for four more extended workouts, released as The Loft Years, Volume One on his own reactivated label. Starting with Ornette's "Congeniality," Daniel builds from the theme before exposing his post-bop lineage, through involved runs leaving tonal centers well behind, over Tatsuya Nakamura's incessant freeform drums haloed by hissing cymbals. Richard Pierce's bass is not well-served by another murky recording, but when proceedings quiet he steps out for some buzzy strumming, before a rolling drum solo and a theme reprise. Sunny Murray's "Jiblet" has its moments, but it is not until the free ballad "The Moor," with its flamenco bass and brooding muted trumpet-and-drums interplay, that it all gels. Daniel's closing "O.C." pays double homage, with a swirling jaunty rhythm ultimately merging with a spirited rendition of Albert Ayler's "Ghosts".


Tracks and Personnel

Tapestry

Tracks: Asafego; Tapestry; Sweet Dreams; Mozambique.

Personnel: Ted Daniel: flugelhorn and trumpet; Tim Ingles: "non fretted" electric bass with wah wah pedal; Jerome Cooper: drums; Khan Jamal: Vibes; Richard Daniel: electric Fender Rhodes piano with Leslie speaker, wah wah pedal and echoplex

The Loft Years Volume 1

Tracks: Congeniality; Jiblet; The Moor; O.C.

Personnel: Ted Daniel: trumpet, flugelhorn, French hunting horn, tambourine, voice; Richard Pierce: bass; Tatsuya Nakamura: trap drums and quarter drums.


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Van Morrison: Roll With The Punches & Versatile Multiple Reviews Van Morrison: Roll With The Punches & Versatile
by Doug Collette
Published: December 17, 2017
Read The Possibilities of Percussion: Yarn/Wire & ensemble, et. al Multiple Reviews The Possibilities of Percussion: Yarn/Wire & ensemble,...
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: December 12, 2017
Read Holiday Roundup 2017 Multiple Reviews Holiday Roundup 2017
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 11, 2017
Read Old, Borrowed and Just a Little Blue Multiple Reviews Old, Borrowed and Just a Little Blue
by Geno Thackara
Published: December 11, 2017
Read Another Timbre Celebrates Its First Decade Multiple Reviews Another Timbre Celebrates Its First Decade
by John Eyles
Published: December 9, 2017
Read Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain Multiple Reviews Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 12, 2017
Read "2016: An Ivo Perelman Marathon" Multiple Reviews 2016: An Ivo Perelman Marathon
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 3, 2017
Read "Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana" Multiple Reviews Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana
by James Nadal
Published: July 12, 2017
Read "Another Timbre Celebrates Its First Decade" Multiple Reviews Another Timbre Celebrates Its First Decade
by John Eyles
Published: December 9, 2017
Read "Ivo Perelman: The Art of the Improv Trio" Multiple Reviews Ivo Perelman: The Art of the Improv Trio
by Jim Trageser
Published: January 4, 2017
Read "440 Keys: A Batch of Piano Delights" Multiple Reviews 440 Keys: A Batch of Piano Delights
by Geno Thackara
Published: April 21, 2017

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!