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Bluiett's Barbeque Band
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett is famous in avant-garde circles as the booming bottom voice in the World Saxophone Quartet, but he obviously yearns for a broader audience. That longing inspired his ensemble, Bluiett's... more »
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Baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett is famous in avant-garde circles as the booming bottom voice in the World Saxophone Quartet, but he obviously yearns for a broader audience. That longing inspired his ensemble, Bluiett's Barbeque Band, which is also the title of this album. The band--which includes electric bass, electric keyboards, African drums and vocals--tackles gospel hymns, pop hits, jazz standards, and R&B-flavored originals. The results are unlikely to take over commercial radio, but they do represent a fresher version of fusion music than the usual slickness to be found under that category. The experiments with poetry reading and a children's choir are no more successful here than they are most places, but when Bluiett starts blowing fast and furious cadenzas on his big horn, the energy is undeniable. --Geoffrey Himes
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R. Davis | louisville, ky | 08/11/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"...this man will huff and puff and blow your stuff down! radio will never play this and it is a bit conceptual, maybe like combining some of john coltrane's love supreme with some of pharoah sanders' work. it could take some getting use to by most people; i might even listen to it once every couple of months myself, but the purchase is worth it if only for bluiett's renditions of "precious lord" and "wind beneath my wings". amba hawthorne's vocals on those tracks would make mahalia jackson sit up and take notice; i wish she had contributed more. but all-n-all, this is jazz related soul music and bluiett delivers."
Welcome diversity of styles....
collegemoney | 06/21/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Stylistically, the individual pieces run quite a gamut. Each song has its own persona. We have the free form playing usually expected from Mr. Bluiett, we have beat poetry, we have a kindergarten vocal group, we have straight jazz, and we have one smokin' good vocal version of "Wind Beneath My Wings" and so on. "Wind Beneath.." is recorded so intimately you think you are seated right there at the cocktail table at the foot of the stage. Hamiet submerges himself so often you think he has left the building, then, at just the right time, here comes the fogcutter!! If you are familar with this artist and know what to expect, the directional changes will go down easily and welcomingly. Like Lester Bowie's more tuneful efforts, you will find many melodies here to enjoy along with the more extreme reed excursions. And he really gets the notes down there LOWWWWWW on many occasions!!"