Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Lester Bowie, Blythe, Favors|
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Bowie is the most soulful of trumpeters (so much so that he sometimes has to turn it into a laughing matter), and the feeling is strong on this quintet session recorded in Milan in 1978. He's joined by another lyrical play... more »
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Bowie is the most soulful of trumpeters (so much so that he sometimes has to turn it into a laughing matter), and the feeling is strong on this quintet session recorded in Milan in 1978. He's joined by another lyrical player, Arthur Blythe, on alto; a literal singer in Amina Claudine Myers on piano; and the fine rhythm team of Malachi Favors and Phillip Wilson, Bowie's original partners in the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble, the band that evolved into the Art Ensemble of Chicago. The opening "Sardegna Amore (New York is Full of Lonely People)" is a gorgeous ballad played with naked emotion. The traditional gospel song, "God Has Smiled on Me," is a tour de force, an 18-minute performance that begins as a hearty, straightahead performance of the song by Myers that gradually evolves into a beautiful collective improvisation. The trumpet playing on "3 in 1," with just bass and drums, is particularly incisive. --Stuart Broomer
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of, Sardegna Amore is a classic! He also did this as "New York Is Full Of Lonely People" on the Urban Bushman album. This album has more the free and loose spirit of jazz in the late 70s/ early 80s than what he did in the last decade of his life with the pop tunes and rap. It definitely is a different facet of his trumpet playing, and it all Great Fun, as music was for Mr. Bowie."