30 March 2008

CHARLES ROUSE - TWO IS ONE



















Charles Rouse for Strata East from 1974.
First posted at O.I.R. 09/06.

The album "Two is One" was recorded in 1974 for Strata East and was Charlie Rouse's first date as both producer and leader.He pulled an interesting mix of players together for this date-Airto-Percussion,Azzedin Weston-Congas,Calo Scott-Cello,David Lee-Drums,Stanley Clarke-Bass, Paul Mitzki and George Davis on Guitars.
"Bitchin'" opens the lp on a cool funky groove which flows along and then gets blown out of the window by the savage break beat battery of "Hopscotch".Joe Chambers wrote it-had to be a drummer,didn't it-and David Lee's funky drum patterns combine with Stan the Mans rumbling bottom end bass lock down to produce a monstrous proto-broken beat tour de force.This is followed by"In a Funky Way"which does exactly what it says in the title.
"Two is One"is divided into two parts-one is two?- and is an incredible sucession of different rhythms.In the first part Rouse plays in 3/4 and is accompanied by Clarke's bass which plays in 9/8 while the drums go 3/4.In the second part he improvises in 4/4 backed by cello while the rhythm section hits it at 7/8.The album wraps up with the fragmented yet building "In his Presence Searching"which leaves Rouse(on bass clarinet as well as tenor) free to improvise without the same harmonic safety net he was used to with Monk.
This was re-issued by Charly in the 90s but seems to have disappeared again-there was also a vinyl re-issue floating around a few years ago which surfaces from time to time-seek and you will find!
Ripped @320 from the Charly cd reissue.

31 comments:

treibstoff said...

link is gone?????

bacoso said...

no the link is not gone treibstoff - here it is:
http://rapidshare.com/files/103561867/Charlie_Rouse.rar

JTF said...

Oh rite!

treibstoff said...

oh - I got it & wipe my eyes.....

thanx a lot.....

cheers

Slidewell said...

This one really hits the spot. Very cool mix of the funky and the spacey. Can anybody tell me why there's so much contempt for Charlie's playing with Monk? Must every tenor player be the equal of Coltrane? Well, no one is (or was). Charlie just managed to fit into Monk's music without showboating, playing with taste and sensitivity.
Thanks for listening, and more thanks for the groovy music.

JS said...

thanks bosco..awesome

I'm putting some strata east stuff up at www.beautifulnoiseskin.blogspot.com

inspired by ileoxumare and the strata east fan club blog

john

Ross said...

Outstanding, thanks.

fritz the cat said...

This looks well cool. Thanks for sharing

Art Simon said...

Great Stuff! Again, I wouldn't have known it existed. I'm embarrassed by my ignorance of Strata East, but I'm learning. Thanks so much!

-Art

Silverspurr said...

I knew and played with the late New Orleans drummer 'David Lee', he had many problems in his later years, but music and drumming kept him going until the end.

David Lee, as was the late James Black were both important New Orleans drummers.

Myself a musician, I find your blog stays consistently surprising.

Regards,
silverspurr
http://fidelseyeglasses.blogspot.com/

catacaldos said...

Thank you.Keep on sharin these treasures,make us happy!

orleyfarm said...

More thanks from me! You must be doing a second-anniversary victory lap. Thanks for reposting these albums that some of us missed the 1st time around.

alex said...

hi bacoco,
missed this one first time around!
many thanks for all your hard work m8.
greatly appreciated!

E-mile said...

bacoso, thank you! a truly wonder-ful a-Rouse-d date! E.X.C.E.L.L.E.N.T. Stuff,
a bright 100% kinda thing.
everything FITS.
once again, a big thnx for giving me the oppurtunity to hear this totally awsome and hard to get by music, damn, I'm totally hooked on all that Stratactivity goin' on here, there & everywhere, I for myself discoverd lotsa instant classic albums on this label.
Thank you for the aerwareness (oid)
big thumb up,
& peace,
E-mile
peace

John V said...

Right on Slidewell! thank you Bacoso!

John V.

kizza said...

Excellent post yet again!
Lovin' all this Strata East magic!

rangelo said...

Odlična plata. Čestitam za 1600000!
Hvala za izjemen glasbeni blog. Cenim tvoje delo in ti želim še veliko uspehov. Lep dan.

Dutch Masta said...

Unbelievable! I love this album!

onthebeat said...

Great music, thanks thousand times!

db said...

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mr. wiggles said...

This is great!

thanks alot

Peter said...

Once again, you come through with another classic. You are a saint.

Peace

customer314 said...

gotta love that soul jazz.
thanks.

jazzmangr said...

thanks its great music

BlindWilliam said...

This is some great vibe, mayn. Thanks for posting.

FlimFlam said...

thanks once more beautiful stuff

verge said...

thank you, thank you, thank you!

FLAVIOLA said...

MAKES LIFE WORTH LIVING-BIG THANX!!

grumpy said...

Thanks, bacoso. I knew there was an album between the '62 Blue Note and '77 Jazzcraft, very pleased to find it here with link still active!

Andy said...

Loving this! Thanks a million. :)

stratocaster1 said...

hello is it possible to re activate the link please ;)