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Basra Import

4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (January 1, 1965)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B00076NYB4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Five Huge Stars? How about SIX! This is a REAL KEEPER. One of the Blue Note magical "All Star"recordings. Pete La Roca led the date, but it could have been any of the "Quartet which doesn't seem like a Quartet". These gentlemen are painting with a huge tonal canvas with broad, bold strokes. Joe Henderson is on tenor sax, Steve Kuhn on piano, Steve Swallow on bass, and Pete on drums. From the beginning bars of the recording to the end, this magical journey will knock your socks off.

The best of the best, "Pieces D'Resistance", begin with "Malaguena", a swirling, whirling piece of jazz mastery led off by Joe Henderson in the starring role of Matador, with Steve Kuhn as the Bull, and LaRoca and Swallow providing a restless beat for both. It's a masterful performance that grabs you from the first note of Kuhn's recurring ten note figure over the churning beat. And in comes Joe for a Tour de Force solo which is modal, freeing him up to soar over the normal chord changes. Kuhn follows with his own Tour de Force solo. If you are familiar with the incredible CD "Three Waves", the trio effort by this very same rhythm section, you already know that Kuhn is capable of bringing down huge amounts of thunder and lightning during his piano solos with LaRoca and Swallow providing hurricane gales and torrential rain. Kuhn's solo builds to a crescendo that is amazing, with LaRoca relentlessly pouring on the heat. And back comes Joe to sustain this intensity to the fadeout. "Malaguena" is simply a thing of tremendous beauty and intensity and is NOT TO BE MISSED by any jazz fan. A "Performance For The Ages"!!

But things are just getting started. "Candu" is a wild and wicked blues, hitting on all cylinders.
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I know Joe Henderson's music inside and out and this and Larry Young's Unity are my favorite sessions even though they are not listed in his name. Over and over people review albums that are so-called "hidden classics", but in my opinion this stunning 1965 date takes the prize. (This is more of a title to add to your Henderson catalogue than La Roca's by the way). Why is this such a hidden classic do you ask? Because Henderson is in his finest form! "Lazy Afternoon" reminds me of the silky moments on "Idle Moments" by Duke Pearson, "Malaguena" is brilliant and moving, it almost touches on Henderson's later career dates such as Tetragon. "Eiderdown" lazily swings and explodes all at the same time. "Basra" is about as primally sexy as a tune can get- think smokey room with bedroom eyes...gorgeous! "Tears Come from Heaven" is the off-kilter song of the session that steams and drives and blows hard. "Candu" is the only song on the album that is tinkering on the edge of forgettable, but Henderson saves it with some a'la Sam Rivers style screaming that emotionalizes the song well. The rhythm section that consists of Pete La Roca (Sims) on drums, Steve Kuhn on piano, and Steve Swallow on bass really gives such a perfect undergirding for these passionately penned tunes. This is a rare La Roca session besides "Turkish Women" (also worth a listen) but I am so thankful that it has survived a few reissues. Do not overlook this moment in the Blue Note catalogue. I did for a while and hate the days that it wasn't in my life.
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Soulful 60's jazz performed here by a quartet made up of Joe Henderson, Steve Kuhn, Steve Swallow and Pete La Roca. The recording starts off with a spirited version of an Ernesto Lecuona "Malaguena" that may remind you of some of the work Coltrane was doing at around that time. The exotic color and flavor of "Basra", with a fine intro by Steve Swallow, is quite nice as well. I think my favorite tune may be the rather introspective "Lazy Afternoon". Beautiful. It really breaks me up. Here's a hint. Check out Norma Winstone's take on this same tune on her "...like song, like weather" CD.
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I wasn't overly familiar with Pete La Roca when I picked up this CD due a number of recommendations. He was a fairly prolific sideman in the late 50s to mid 60s as a drummer backing such notables as Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Clark, and Joe Henderson. Though his appearance are actually numerous his name appears as a session leader on just two dates for Blue Note before he became an attourney in the late 60s. He has since returned to music making but "Basra" remains a wonderfully obscure session seeing reissue only in limited edition format in the US in the mid ninties and now available again here from Japan (again in a limited fashion).
The music on this session is simply top notch. The lineup consists of La Roca, Steve Kuhn on piano, Steve Swallow on bass, and the immortal Joe Henderson on tenor sax. Its Henderson who really makes this session classic. Particularly on his incendiary solos on "Malaguena" which is one of my personal favorite cuts in my jazz collection and certainly a definitive reading of the standard. Its quite latin sounding, with just a touch of avant-garde in Henderson's soloing. The rest of the program is quite varied with some nice ballads. Everything is excellent.
Perhaps the best part about this issue is the amazing sound quality. This title is part of the Japanese Rudy Van Gelder series and is one of the best sounding albums I've heard. Well worth the steep import price tag. Get it before its gone again.
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