Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

5

Bobby Naughton / Leo Smith / Perry Robinson: The Haunt

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
You might have heard the cheer go up with the reissue of The Haunt, vibraphonist Bobby Naughton's 1976 trio recording with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and clarinetist Perry Robinson. Crate diggers have treasured the long out-of-print original release on Naughton's Otic Records. Thanks to Lithuania's NoBusiness Records, we have this important document remastered, plus an additional alternate take of "Slant."

Turning our wayback machine to the mid-1970s, creative jazz was being supplanted by jazz/rock and fusion. Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk were in self-imposed exiles and the creative world of the New York loft scene was all but unnoticed by major labels. Besides Naughton, Smith created his own label, Kabell Records to release his original music.

Quite a valuable document, this recording finds an intersection between chamber music and improvised jazz that had yet to be validated. Certainly, we had Jimmy Giuffre's trio free jazz Free Fall (Columbia, 1963), but this music feels more spacious and textured. Naughton, who began life as a pianist, applies a keyboard approach to his vibraharp. Notes are dispatched with an ever expanding touch, drifting and levitating while interweaving with Smith and Robinson's horns.

Both Naughton and Smith were Connecticut residents at the time, and both influenced each other. They co-founded The Creative Music Improvisers' Forum, which was modeled after Chicago's AACM, both were members of Anthony Braxton's Creative Orchestra, and Naughton can be heard on Smith's early ECM Recordings Divine Love (1979) and Spirit Catcher (1979), plus the yet to be reissued Leo Smith Trio The Mass On The World (Moers Music, 1978).

With the edition of Robinson's clarinet, Naughton adds a veteran of recoding sessions with Archie Shepp, Henry Grimes, Gunter Hampel, and Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra. He sounds both old school-ish and very modern at the same time. The music is delivered sans drummer and bassist, thus time is relative concept here. It is meditative in a slippery and dreamy manner, while also being carefully composed. Magic without a sleight of hand.

Track Listing: The Haunt; Slant; Places; Rose Island; Ordette; Slant (alternate take).

Personnel: Bobby Naughton: vibraharp; Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet; Perry Robinson: clarinet.

Title: The Haunt | Year Released: 2019 | Record Label: NoBusiness Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop

Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read East Of The River Nile Album Reviews
East Of The River Nile
By Chris May
February 23, 2019
Read VOX Album Reviews
VOX
By Friedrich Kunzmann
February 23, 2019
Read live@ZKM Album Reviews
live@ZKM
By Bruce Lindsay
February 23, 2019
Read cinder: ember: ashes Album Reviews
cinder: ember: ashes
By Glenn Astarita
February 23, 2019
Read Amour Album Reviews
Amour
By Doug Collette
February 23, 2019
Read Friendly Signs Album Reviews
Friendly Signs
By Don Phipps
February 22, 2019
Read The Adventures of Mr Pottercakes Album Reviews
The Adventures of Mr Pottercakes
By Roger Farbey
February 22, 2019