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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 was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.