31 March 2008

CECIL MCBEE-MUTIMA


















Cecil McBee for Strata East from 1974
First posted at OIR 09/06.
Here is my last post on Strata East for the moment and it's the great Cecil McBee I have so many albums with him as a sideman I thought it was fitting that this solo album by him should be posted.This features the terrific "Tulsa Black" track that was compiled by Soul Jazz some years ago for their Strata East cd.
I have lifted this review from the always excellent and eminently readable Daily Jazz Blogspot-Jazz reviews and comment from one man with an unfeasibly large record collection.


The bass has always been an essential component of the jazz rhythm section, simultaneously holding down the groove while marking out the changes. Bassists of the hard-bop era often got little in the way of solo space (they were too important to be allowed to wander off by themselves) but throughout the 1960s and 70s, perhaps thanks to the gargantuan presence of Charles Mingus, they began to take a more prominent role. Several highly influential figures appeared, like Ron Carter and Dave Holland along with many others. Cecil McBee is perhaps less well-known, but equally talented, having played on seminal works by the likes of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders.
This album finds him firmly placed as leader of an avant-garde group with a distinctly spiritual edge. Mutima is the key to the spirit and culture of black Africa, according to the sleevenote; McBee's compositions certainly evoke that spirit. The music is at times inspirational. The opening "From Within" is a bass solo with McBee playing two acoustic basses simultaneously. The idea of an 11-plus minute bass solo may terrify some, but this is riveting. Not only does he play the basses, but for a section he plays the feedback created by the amplification of both instruments. The sounds he creates are otherworldly and exciting, and not always easy to identify as being produced by an upright bass. "Life Waves" is an ensemble piece, but with McBee taking a prominent melodic role, and demonstrating enormous technical skill with some very fast lines.
The other standout track is "Mutima" itself, which is virtually indistinguishable from some of the work McBee undertook with Pharoah Sanders a few years earlier. Most Strata East recordings are pretty hard to come by, but thankfully this one has been made available as a reissue in recent years as a cd in japan vinyl in u.s.Hunt 'em down.
RIPPED @320 FROM THE ORIGINAL VINYL.
CECIL McBEE; bass
JIMMY HOPPS; drums
ONAJE ALLEN GUMBS; acoustic and electric piano
LAWRENCE KILLIAN; conga
DEEDEE BRIDGEWATER; vocal
GEORGE ADAMS; tenor and soprano sax
CECIL McBEE Jr; electric bass
MICHAEL CARVIN; gong and misc. percussion
JABOLI BILLY HART; cymbals and misc. percussion
TEX ALLEN; trumpet & flugelhorn
ALLEN BRAUFMAN; alto sax
ART WEBB; flute
ALLEN NELSON; drums

25 comments:

bacoso said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/103907953/Cecil_McBee.rar

JS said...

thanks as ever.. wonderful all this strata east activity..

peace
John

golden boy said...

thank you. looking forward to the listen...

Egan Ehlers said...

Thank you. Looking forward to this one.

E-mile said...

T.H.A.N.K.S. !!!

ganietzsche said...

been searching for this for a while, thanks

katonah said...

this lp is a bomb. cecil mcbee is right up there with the best of em.
has anybody got alternate space on india navigation ??

catacaldos said...

Thank youuuuuuuuuuu.Another bomb

chrisd said...

Wow! Another monster!

alex said...

oh boy!
what a label!-thanks m8!

Soul Man Red said...

My Strate East education continues .... many thanks for this one

Jim

orleyfarm said...

Thanks for re-posting this for those who missed it the first time around.

somogyvari said...

Groovy stuff

John V said...

Yes!Yes!Yes! I love this one! Didn't think I would ever see it! I love McBee's arco work on this particularly! Thank you Bacoso!

John V.

kizza said...

Love Strata East!
Never heard any McBee headlined stuff! Thanks a bunch!

blueadam said...

this is great painting music. i was sold at the 15 min. bass solo. thanks.

db said...

great music!
check out
calisoulbrother records
for rare soul, jazz, funk, brazil & latin records!

a mind with no ceiling said...

Did I forget to leave a comment on this one? what a shame!
thanks again for a great share bacoso. Your contributions to the strata east fan club are simply essential.

fabsax said...

TYVM !
Take care,
F

Simon666 said...

Hi Bacoso -
Just letting you know that I've linked to your blog and this album as part of a megapost I did here :

http://neverenoughrhodes.blogspot.com/2008/05/freedom-of-speech-billy-parkers-fourth.html

It’s a post about the album “Freedom of Speech” by Billy Parker’s Fourth World (with a new rip by Reza), and I hyperlinked related albums that the musicians had worked together on. The hyperlinks go to your blog page about the album.

Have a look, please let me know if you don’t want it there and I’ll remove it.

Regards,
Simon

ratface said...

Thanks!

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xa4 said...

thank's !!

matt s. said...

Have an LP reissue of this from a bunch of years ago, but nice to have a digital copy, thank you!

Simon666 said...

re-up
http://www.adrive.com/public/yTHXy8/CeciMcB-mutim-mp3.zip