6 March 2008

STANLEY COWELL - EQUIPOISE






















Stanley Cowell
for Galaxy from 1979.
One of my favourite Cowell lps - well,how can you go wrong with support from the great Cecil McBee and the mighty Roy Haynes! Produced by Ed Michel.
Highly Recommended.
Pianist Stanley Cowell introduced his most famous composition "Equipoise" on this trio set with bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Roy Haynes. Actually the entire LP (which is unfortunately out-of-print) is a fine all-round showcase for Cowell who also plays three of his other lesser-known originals, McBee's "Lady Blue" and Jackie McLean's "Dr. Jackle." Cowell has long had an original style within the modern mainstream and his interplay with his notable sidemen on this program always holds one's interest. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
Ripped @320 from the original vinyl.

30 comments:

katonah said...

now that's what i'm talkin about.
top post basoco
awesome

Jazz-Nekko said...

bacoso:

much of cowell's work is OOP, so this offer is warmly appreciated -

look forward to listening to him and mcbee!

cheers,

jn

lemoncat,, said...

excellent post bacoso.. your last few posts have been tops.. my dad really digs your site he told me to say thanx for the art blakey posts :) keep on groovin'

Festoonic said...

Superb music from one of our best living composers and pianists. Equipoise is a classic tune. Effusive thanks for posting this.

Joe said...

Hello,

Sorry to post on the wrong entry...but is there any way you could re-upload Joe Henderson's "Black Is the Colour?" I'd really, really appreciate it. Thanks!

ARF said...

Hallo - just stumbled over your blog while searching "The Family" in your archives. Seems that I'm about two years late ... it's (was) an old RS.de link.

http://orgyinrhythm.blogspot.com/2006/09/family-of-percussion-archie-shepp-here.html

Any chance to see a re-Upload ? - Can't find it anywhere else.

Thx in advance

alex said...

superb post bacoso
many thanks man!

orleyfarm said...

Thanks!

Bushbaby said...

I just wanna let you know again what a great place of music this is ...Thanks for your marvelous posts and outstanding work!!! ... I am really appreciating what you are doing here.

/Bushbaby

JS said...

beautiful album.. thanks as ever man
JS

chris said...

I can't get enough Stanley Cowell, thanks for adding this great piece of vinyl to my collection.

many thanks and much love

John V said...

bacoso-wow! yet more Cowell. a true master! thanks so much for this!

John V.

il angelo said...

Great post. I find myself humming Equipoise melody quite often. Superior version to those on Mr Cowell's Steeplechases. Thanks so much

Kockalone said...

It is indeed an outstanding album from one of the pest pianists... Bacoso, great as always...


Djalma


http://djalma-soulfood.blogspot.com/

swboy said...

You're posting great music here.
Cowell's first recording of Equipoise was as a piano solo on his Strata East album called "Musa Ancestral Streams" in 1974.

Rab Hines said...

Beautiful, thank you

Baby Breeze said...

Cowell is indeed a master, and it's heartening to see the enthusiasm for his music here. Great player and post. I believe Musa has been posted at least once on Da Blogs within recent memory as I was going to post it myself until I saw it somewhere.

Nick said...

looks fantastic, I can't wait to hear this. Not to nitpick with the brain trust at AMG, but Cowell recorded Equipoise on sessions by both Max Roach and Jack DeJohnette (and many more, I'm sure) over a decade before this lp. ah well. thanks for the share!

g.raf said...

Bacoso, you post such great music here.
this guy has written so many beautiful tunes.
thanks for this and all the amazing music you share here!

bacoso said...

It's interesting to see that a post like this will generate 19 comments and get 400 d/loads in comparison to,say,Terumasa Hino's Pyramid which got 4 comments and 2000 d/loads.Go figure 'cos I'm fucked if I can.BTW you need to hear the 2 albums to understand what I mean or perhaps to put it bluntly Hino + slap backed bass + handclaps + funk against an acoustic piano trio.I'm not saying what's right or wrong as I posted them both but it does make you wonder.

Daniel said...

Give Thanks for this one- I'm new to the world of Stanley Cowell and I really do appreciate your teaching me -Peace!

katonah said...

hey basoco, i get the impression
that 4bb has kicked everybody up the arse with his comments comment a couple of weeks ago. there's been a big response over there.
For my money this album blows the hino into the bushes.that's just my humble opinion, however both posts are equally appreciated as ever.

bacoso said...

I assume by 4bb you mean 4 brothers beats which is a private blog so I and most other visitors here have no idea what has been commented on there.

katonah said...

4 brothers beats is back, and is no longer private. they posted a comment about the lack of feedback and it got quite a decent response.
it's worth a look and theres skip full of herbie hancock over there that need checkin'!

bacoso said...

thanks katonah-last time I looked it was still private.On my way over there now to stick my nose in.

les said...

This is my favorite Stanley Cowell album now. Thanks for the introduction to this excellent pianist. I saw another album with the same title today with Larry Coryel as a leader with Cowell in the band. Not being a big fan of Coryell, I passed on it. Can anyone tell me if it's worth picking up? Coryell wears so many hats, I never know what to expect from him.

micaus said...

This is the stuff, I reguard Cowell as one of the greatest piano players, he the great man who started Strata East records an as involved in the amazing Piano Choir, top effort!!!!!!!!!!!

kizza said...

Another dope post!
Thanks heaps bacoso!

Ondurz said...

Right on, swboy, Musa indeed.
"Equipoise" was also recorded earlier than that though, it was the title of Roy Haynes's 1970-71 recording featuring Hannibal Peterson on trumpet and George Adams on tenor.
And Roy picked it up from Cowell when they worked together on Jack DeJohnette's 1969 release, The DeJohnette Complex, which also included "Equipoise."
That is likely where Cowell "introduced" this tune.

Simon666 said...

Hi Bacoso,
I’ve linked to your page in my post of Stanley Cowell – “New World” (1981) - recorded the same month as this one, but v. different - also linked to your Max Roach "Members Don't Get Weary".
All the best,
Simon