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

Thurston Hunger   8/7/2013   CD, Jazz

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

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