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    Bradford, Bobby/Wong, Francis/Roper, William “Purple Gums” [Asian Improv]

    Roper’s tuba is smudgy and thick, he also plays the
    conch shell…and this reminded me of one gigantic
    conch shell at the bottom. Wong’s sax is smoky but
    not so much so that you cannot see Bobby Bradford
    darting in and out on cornet. All of these are
    improvisations that work just fine on their own…but
    on several of the pieces, Roper puts down the tuba
    and delivers some monologues…that even when tackling
    touchy issues like segregation (#4) do so with a noble
    sort of whim. He’s not singing, but his voice is so
    rich and sonorous that you want him to keep on talking
    despite it somewhat distracting from the music. Well,
    I sure…did he seems like quite a character, check
    “You A Square.” If you want the straight music, they
    have got you covered as well.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 9, 2005 at 11:09 pm
  • Filed as CD,Format,Jazz
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