17 June 2006

MAX ROACH - MEMBERS, DON'T GIT WEARY




















Back to the hardcore business with this tough 1968 date from Max Roach- One of the finest post-bop dates he recorded during that decade which which finds the drummer leading a cohesive modal quintet that employs Gary Bartz on alto sax, Charles Tolliver on trumpet, Stanley Cowell on acoustic and electric piano, and Jymie Merritt on electric bass. Despite the use of electric instruments, this isn't an album that emphasizes rock or funk elements or predicts the fusion explosion that was just around the corner -- Members, Don't Git Weary is very much a straight-ahead effort, and the harmonic richness of modal playing is illustrated by such gems as Cowell's "Equipoise," Bartz's "Libra," and Merritt's "Absolutions." Roach's title song boasts a memorable, gospel-influenced vocal by Andy Bey, but all of the other selections are instrumental. Fantastic music with no compromises.

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8 comments:

bacoso said...

http://rapidshare.de/files/23327408/Members__Don_t_Git_Weary.rar.html

M said...

Absolutely brilliant

Ellen Collison said...
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Ellen Collison said...

Hi,

Are you sure the link URL is correct? I've tried copying/pasting this into my browser several times, and am hitting a "file not found" error message.

Thanks for your help...

bacoso said...

its there ok and has been downloaded 98 times now!try it again
http://rapidshare.de/files/23327408/Members__Don_t_Git_Weary.rar.html

le-flic said...

Mine was the 111th! Thanks Bacoso!

alanmck said...

just one of the best albums in recorded history. my heart skipped a beat when i got my vinyl OG copy. this album really is a key point in the development of jazz in the late 60s; tolliver and cowell went off from here to set up strata-east, re-recording their 'equipoise' and 'effi' beauties amongst others. and 'abstrustions' is just superb. andy bey on vocals too. a joyful noise unto the creator.

jb said...

Excellent set.

Thanks,

JB