30 March 2008

MUSIC INC. & BIG BAND























Music Inc. for Strata East from 1971.
First posted at O.I.R. September 2006.
CHARLES TOLLIVER-TRUMPET;CECIL McBEE-BASS;STANLEY COWELL-PIANO;JIMMY HOPPS-DRUMS
Reeds and Flutes:JIMMY HEATH CLIFFORD JORDAN BOBBY BROWN WILBUR BROWN
Trumpets:RICHARD WILLIAMS VIRGIL JONES LARRY GREENWICH DANNY MOORE
Trombones:GARNETT BROWN CURTIS FULLER JOHN GORDON DICK GRIFFIN
Tuba and Baritone Sax:HOWARD JOHNSON

This was the first release from Strata-EastRecords, the label created in 1971 by Music Inc.'s co-leaders, Charles Tolliver and Stanley Cowell. For the debut, the two lead an advanced, hard bop session of their own compositions arranged for a quartet augmented by a 13-member brass and wind orchestra. The writing has an affinity with McCoy Tyner's modal hard bop from this same period, e.g Tyner's Extensions (Blue Note). Similarly, Cowell's playing shares with Tyner's a powerful technique, effective use of rippling two-handed arpeggios, and an ability to make its presence felt in a large group. Jimmy Hopps (drums) and Cecil McBee (bass) round out the core quartet. Hopps' blend of muscular drive and nuance is akin to Louis Hayes or Freddie Waits. McBee's technical command and slabs of fat, earthy tone are captured wonderfully. The orchestra includes trumpeters Richard Williams and Virgil Jones, reed players Jimmy Heath and Clifford Jordan, and trombonists Garnett Brown and Curtis Fuller. The music moves seamlessly from trio and quartet configurations to full orchestration. The centerpiece is Tolliver's "On the Nile," which evokes a majestic procession of ancient Egyptian nobility sailing the broad Nile, the blue and silver waters sprayed with sunlight. Like one of the pharoah's prized falcons, the pure tone of Tolliver's flugel horn soars overhead buoyed by the orchestra's rich chords. Cowell's "Brilliant Corners" is equal to "On the Nile" in elegance and class, while his "Departure" and "Abscretions" are in a more funky vein. Tolliver's "Ruthie's Heart" alternates stripped-down statements from the quartet with sections of full on punch from the horns. His "Household of Saud" is the most purely hard bop of the six tracks. As the launch release for a new label, this was a bold debut. Tolliver and Cowell were presenting vital new pieces that had a direct lineage with the large-scale works of Ellington, Monk, and Mingus.
Ripped @320 from German Bellaphon cd reissue-now deleted.

25 comments:

bacoso said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/103505627/Music__Inc._Big_Band.rar

Jazz-Nekko said...

bacoso:

quite a string of killer posts here, as your usual exacting standards - much appreciated.

is it time for another bartz that we wrote about?

jn

Mark Barnette said...

It's an embarrassment of riches! Thank you so much for posting this superb music.

mikeos said...

Looks a great big band album, thanks a lot.

catacaldos said...

Great stuff.Thank you friend

E-mile said...

Awesome!!!
Bacoso, thanx for this,
regards, E-mile

Gianni said...

wow! I like it! thanks...

orleyfarm said...

Thanks! This complements Jazz-Nekko's recent posting of CT's "Impact."

Saverino said...

Many thanks for this! Many years ago I had READ of Tolliver's big band adventure, but never had a chance to hear it (and it seemed to disappear almost as quickly as it was issued).

Again, thank you!

Saverino

Sgt. Getraer said...

Heard OF it, but never HEARD it. Thank you.

santaisreal said...

hi,
thanks for this....keep em coming!!!!
do you have pharoah sanders album on strata east? can you post it? also would love to hear live at the east by him...

edison007 said...

yes sir! posting alot of monsters brother.

El hurĂ³n said...

I had heard IMPACT but never this one. What a fantastic recording - thanks so much for this.

db said...

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mulattikmac said...

Wow suprised to see this one.Major

deconstructo said...

Y'know, I have this one sitting in a crate about six feet from me. I'm glad that you've posted this though, b/c I am so damned lazy.

sulingman said...

Damn! Now that's what big band music needs to sound like. I'd listen to this in the car, but I'm afraid I'll drive 100mph and still never catch up.

budo said...

This is THE Tolliver big band lp to have,IMHO. It makes his most recent outing "With Love" seem almost shrill by comparison. The killer track "Departure" used to be the 'intro' theme for the Jazz Alternatives program (WKCR/Columbia U.) in the 1970's-that's where I first heard it. I'm glad I copped one of the German cds before it became scarce. Both the cd and original LP have fine sound,btw. Great listening!

flux_is_krux said...

Ha ha ha. seems like i have a lot of stuff to catch up with here...

Thanks for this gem!

JJ said...

Overwhelming the goodies you post Thankyou so much for the enormous undertaking

troods said...

Much gratitude for sharing this gem. Waiting patiently (just a bit of a tapping toe) for it to download.

hulaboy said...

thanks, bacoso. what a great album!

SlimStew said...

Thanks--this was THE band for me in it;s time. This has been mostly unavailable far too long.

Eric said...

This is an album that is new to me. It looks exciting and interesting so I cannot wait for the download to complete.

-Otto- said...

What a pity. I came too late to the party. RS link is, of course, kaputt.