Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Homage to Charlie Parker
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Classical
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This is unbelievable!
Corbit Weld Granbery | Warsaw, Vermont | 04/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Truly, I can't come to terms with how an album can be so mis-appreciated by customers. The praise "Five stars" literally gets toss around like a can of worms intended for rabid dogs that should be held in line to be shot.
This album, however rabitic, enters that qualitative realm of furious improvisation on its own aesthetic terms, like the Ornette Coleman of old. Yet, Lewis approaches with an emotional legato reminiscent of Lester Young's tonal sincerities, layering profound lines with a quickness and prescient jive that recalls Coltrane's sheets of sound too. That is why critics have hailed this work, not only an essential modern record, but one of the top jazz/improvised records created since the 1960's. Please refute the lacklustrous rating given by others who can't tell the difference between 4/4 time and 5/8ths.
A Monument in its own right, as well as a brilliant spangle to Parker, Lewis, here, makes the mortal-gone appeal, and breathes tonant clarionisms the likes of several heavens"
The decision of instruments
Case Quarter | CT USA | 01/08/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"free form jazz released in 1979, happily to say, this sounds a bit dated, proof that free form jazz evolves and progresses and hasn't become a timepiece.
only two selections, blues and, the second, homage to charles parker. blues begins as a slow blues, a kind of leaning against the outside wall of some building looking on to a field with smokestacks far in the distance. the blues fall apart into slow solo stretches. homage to charles is a long muted groan by horns picked up the synthesizers until the solo horns return.
a lot of space the players cover, slow and sparse. anthony davis's piano is spare, and ideas here he incorporates on his own recordings with piano and moogs and synthesizers.
the synthesizers fill in for lack of drums and bass. the decision of instruments is the selling point of this album. in the order listed: anthony davis, piano; douglas ewart, bass clarinet; george lewis, tenor trombone; richard teitelbaum, polymoog, multimoog and micromoog synthesizers.
you might want to include a listen of the george lewis's cd between ornette coleman's free jazz and muhal richard abrams' streaming, as three separate periods of a genre."