Les Liasons Dangereuses

December 19, 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 19, 2012
  • Release Date: December 19, 2012
  • Label: Stage Door
  • Copyright: 2012 Stage Door Records
  • Total Length: 39:13
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  • ASIN: B00ASPPC64
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,887 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 10, 2014
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I have a love/hate relationship with this version of the album. I love the music. It's really a Jazz Messengers album that was composed by Duke Jordan. Why I subtracted two stars is it's missing tracks from the original album (see Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1958 Film)), including the only one on which Jordan actually performed (Prelude in Blue.) They could have at least included that track since this is titled a Duke Jordan album.

Still, the music is superb, and especially if you are a hard bop fan and/or wish to study Jordan's compositional genius, which is ample. You can hear why I love the music (and admire Jordan as a composer) by running through the sound tracks on this page.

Another frustrating aspect of this album and even the more complete one is both are only part of the score for the movie of the same title. It was composed and performed for the extended party scene. Thelonious Monk was commissioned to compose and perform the score for the entire movie, which he did on July 27, 1959, with Charlie Rouse and Wilen on tenor sax, Sam Jones on bass and Art Taylor on drums. That was never released as a record, so you need watch the movie to hear it.

This album was recorded for the French label, Fontana, at Nola's Penthouse Sound Studios in NYC on July 28 and 29, 1959. That is the same studio Monk used the day before. This line-up features Lee Morgan is on cornet (a departure from trumpet), Barney Wilen on tenor and soprano sax, and the rhythm section that includes Bobby Timmons on piano, Jymie Merritt on bass, Art Blakey on drums and additional percussion by Tommy Lopez and Willie Rodriguez on congas, and Johnny Rodriguez n bongos.

Given the issues that I have cited you may want to look at the more complete album to which I linked above before making a final purchase decision.
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