Arthur Blythe Metamorphosis. Altoist Arthur Blythe's first two recordings as a leader, The Grip and Metamorphosis, were recorded at the same concert; all of the two LP's contents are on this single CD. Blythe was already quite distinctive and an impressive improviser at Black Arthur Blythe* - Bush Baby (Vinyl early stage, a year before he Album) with Columbia. His sextet which consists of trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah, cellist Abdul Wadud, tuba player Bob Stewart, drummer Steve Reid and percussionist Muhamad Abdullah performs seven of Blythe's challenging originals and "Spirits LP the Field" while the minute "Duet for Two" is a free collaboration by the leader and Wadud.
With Craig Harris. With the Music Revelation Ensemble. With the World Saxophone Quartet. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Arthur Blythe. All Media Network. Retrieved March 28, Jazz Cooks. All About Jazz. Retrieved March 10, — via robertchristgau. The New York Times, LP. The San Diego Union-Tribune. Blythe counts this loose session as a paean to Harlem, where the assemblage of sounds and rhythms along Lenox Avenue translates into an amalgam not unlike the mix of James "Blood" Ulmer's funk-painted guitar strum backed by the twin engines of drummer Jack DeJohnette and percussionist Guillermo Franco, each of whom makes a sky-crying racket.
They do so, surely, in a fit of inspiration, sitting as they are behind a potent frontline: Blythe on alto sax; James Newton on flute; and Bob Stewart on tuba.
A tuba on the frontline? Well, in truth, these chaps are all playing the frontline, really. Newton's so revolutionary on the flute that his Rahsaan Roland Kirk-isms make for great rhythm, and his intricate LP Dolphy-isms cut sharp harmony. Blythe takes his notes seriously as little living things, but his art is in the web work and the melodies.
Stewart plays the chameleon, doing tempo a while and then showing slippery riffs galore to the band. Very little in jazz--much less major-label jazz, which this was--around could match Black Arthur Blythe* - Bush Baby (Vinyl recording. Zen Archer February 22, at PM.
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