Hard Bop/Post Bop. Cathexis records has released two collections of crashing, banging, squealing Hard/Post Bop Jazz. Bassist Scott Lee and Drummer Jeff Williams lead quartet and quintet combos respectively. This is music that owes much to and extends the language created by Miles Davis’ ‘60s quintet. The music on both is thoughtful and controlled without ever being boring or contrived. Percussion is the name of the game and it is fine through out. Music like this displays the importance of Tony Williams. Superbly conceived and recorded.
Track Listing (With Ease):In the Brightness; Blue eyes; With Ease; Solo Bass for Andy Stalman; Night Suite; B&S Duet; Balladina We’re tired and We’re Out of Here. (Total Playing Time 58:23).
Personnel (With Ease):Scott Lee: Bass; Billy Drewes: Tenor and Soprano Saxophones; Russ Lossing: Piano; Jeff Hirshfield.
Track Listing (Jazzblues):Funhouse Living; Border Line; Meeting a Stranger; The Hunt; Lament; Wildlife; Twins; Oddity. (Total Playing Time 60:05).
Personnel (Jazzblues):Time Ries: Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxophones; Patrick Zimmerli: Tenor Saxophone; Doug Weiss: Bass; Jeff Williams: Drums.
I was first exposed to jazz while working overseas in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I would listen to the Voice of America on the radio and they had a nightly jazz program on at 10:00pm. I learned a lot about jazz listening to this program. I also had a friend who listened to real jazz by artists like Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and Archie Shepp. On my way home from Africa I landed in New York and had the opportunity to see the George Adams/Don Pullen quartet at the Village Vanguard as well as Kenny Barron and Ron Carter at another club, and was in heaven.