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    Bluiett, Hamiet – “Resolution” – [Black Saint]

    And you thought 1977 was all about the rise of punk. At the
    same time Hamiet assembled this stellar quintet, one of his
    first as a leader. Bluiett’s baritone sax is strong and soaring
    right from the start, but his flute work really punctuates the
    pieces, grabs the listener by the ear. The first track showcases
    both, the blazing solo to open and then into killer funk flute
    over an organic mix of wild percussion : wood blocks, shakers
    and chimes! Along those lines, the second most vital performer
    here is the mighty Famoudou Don Moye. With Billy Hart on
    drums proper, Moye is free to artfully accentuate the
    pieces (and for headphone headfans, Moye is in the right
    channel, but that doesn’t make Hart in the wrong). Big Fred
    Hopkins flies on “Head Drake” at other times he gets this great
    buzzy gritty bass sound. Don Pullen on piano can work bluesy as
    on “Flux/A Bad M.F.” or scurry in free form fashion, quick runs
    up the octaves. “Before Yesterday” ruled it for me, jazz purists
    may turn their noses up, but I love the playful nature and bursts
    of improvised creation on work like this. Moye honks clown horns,
    almost turning them into an ancient bagpipe sound. Hypnotizing to
    start, but even takes Woody Woodpecker-like turns. All good to go.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 7, 2013 at 10:23 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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