Dance of the Night Creatures

May 10, 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: May 10, 2010
  • Label: Mapleshade Records
  • Copyright: 2010 Mapleshade Records
  • Total Length: 57:00
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  • ASIN: B003LWQLM0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,316 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jan P. Dennis on January 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The folks at Mapleshade have got a good thing going.
Their direct to two track analog recordings without filtering, mixing board, compression, equalization, noise reduction, multitracking, or overdubbing produce a sound of great warmth and vibrancy. It's the closest thing to being there in the studio with the band.
It works perfectly for this session which unites two players (Thurman Green, trombone, and Hamiet Bluiett, baritone sax) who hadn't played together since their Army days in D.C. thirty-odd years ago. They're joined by the great John Hicks on piano, Walter Booker or Steve Novesel on bass, and Steve Williams on drums.
Thurman Green was unknown to me before I heard this session. A West Coast player, he'd gigged with everyone from Benny Carter to Harold Land to Arthur Blythe to Teddy Edwards to Michel Legrand to Gerald Wilson and even Miles, with whom he played on Dingo in 1991. But what sealed the deal for me was the mention (in the liner notes) of his playing with Horace Tapscott, the late, great pianist, composer, music collective founder, and community leader. Indeed, Green includes two of his compositions, "Daughter of Cochise" and "Dem Folks," among his selections.
Throughout, Green plays with great authority and a deeply spiritual sensibility. Not a lot of pyrotechnics--just gorgeous tone, deep swing, and amazing group interplay. The high point for me is the Tapscott tune, "Daughter of Cochise," a slow, mournful ballad filled with wistful sadness that features Bluiett on contrabass clarinet perfectly setting the mood for this remarkable meditation on the dignity of Native American peoples in face of their dreadful plight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Square Shiny on February 7, 2011
Format: Audio CD
From the opening notes and captivating rhythm of the first track to the very end, it is a journey! ...and what a beautiful rich and complex, soulful and emotionally charged journey it is! There are lots of jazz albums and like any genre of music or the visual arts, not every album, song or painting is a home run, but this album locked me in from the get go. It will see many, many hours of play on my Hi-Fi.

I won't bore you with a bunch of words that ultimately fail this recording - if you like cool, moody, honest and emotionally complex jazz and recorded with stunning fidelity, then buy this CD. Sit down. Take it in.

One final note, Mapleshade records is wonderful source for other really excellent jazz CD's. I've just recently started to explore their catalog, and I like what I'm hearing!

Mr. Green, RIP
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