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Predjudice on the Shortfall. I tend to be fairly cautious when approaching recordings that are ostensibly spiritually or religiously conceived or motivated. I have found that Divine Inspiration does not always equate to listenable music. It is a sticky wicket to address spiritual inspiration with the music, but it is not a musician's personal motivation I am interested in; it is just that the music swings. Having said all of that, New Orleans-native Gregory Tardy's The Hidden Light, by my estimation, is as fine an example of Contemporary-Post Bop as a listener could hope for. Tardy has a warm fixed tone and a superb ear and conception for well-crafted solos. He offers his sidemen an impressive amount of solo room, as illustrated by Nicholas Payton on the title track. Eric Harland provides an outstanding rhythmic bedrock (á la Anthony Williams) and is the standout (with the leader) on this recording. This is loud and joyous music. A true celebration more than worth a listen.
Track Listing: The Hidden Light; The Living Hope; Beyond The Prison Doors; Mr. Hurt; They Say It
Personnel: Gregory Tardy; Tenor Saxophone; Nicholas Payton: Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Antonio Hart: Alto Saxophone; George Colligan, Xavier Davis: Piano; Sean Conley: Bass; Eric Harland: Drums.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.