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 Green Mountain Jazz Multiple Reviews Green Mountain Jazz
by Doug Collette
Published: July 24, 2017
Read Guitars on Three Continents Multiple Reviews Guitars on Three Continents
by Geno Thackara
Published: July 16, 2017
Read Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana Multiple Reviews Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana
by James Nadal
Published: July 12, 2017
Read Blues Deluxe 2 Multiple Reviews Blues Deluxe 2
by Doug Collette
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Two Sackville Gems: Abdullah Ibraihim's "Ancient Africa" and Oliver Lake and Joseph Bowie's "Live at A Space 1976" Multiple Reviews Two Sackville Gems: Abdullah Ibraihim's "Ancient...
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: June 2, 2017
Read "Blues Spotlight: Robert Finley / Donald Jay Johnson And Gas Blues Band / The King Brothers" Multiple Reviews Blues Spotlight: Robert Finley / Donald Jay Johnson And Gas...
by James Nadal
Published: November 19, 2016
Read "Anat Cohen's Brazilian Bonanza: Outra Coisa and Rosa Dos Ventos" Multiple Reviews Anat Cohen's Brazilian Bonanza: Outra Coisa and Rosa...
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 17, 2017
Read "New, Notable and Nearly Missed" Multiple Reviews New, Notable and Nearly Missed
by Phil Barnes
Published: January 25, 2017
Read "Blues Deluxe 2" Multiple Reviews Blues Deluxe 2
by Doug Collette
Published: June 25, 2017

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.

Donate!