The Arrival Of Victor Feldman
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Listen to the grit and gristle of each note played by Scottie LaFaro (today, practically all acoustic bass players sound the same--lots of volume and little personality or character, whether due to the player's set-up, studio equipment, or the mixing). Feldman's piano is not as developed as his vibes work at this early stage in his career, so there's lots of space (and solo room) for LaFaro's majestic sound and unstoppable drive. In fact, it's probably no exaggeration to say the date is as much Scottie's as Victor's. The latter makes a favorable impression; the former puts on a clinic! Not to be missed by any acoustic bass player or admirer (the recorded sound of the bass at Contemporary records is, as usual, unequalled).
Feldman shows why he was considered a prodigy, someone who was quickly welcomed on competitive American soil, where he quickly found employment in the L.A. studios as well as with groups such as those of Cannonball and Miles. He's supremely melodic, with fresh voicings and a unique take on Red Garland's block-chorded style (it's unfortunate the latter was given few opportunities outside the studios of Blue Note and Prestige). This is a "musician's album," meant to impress the kind of listener who can appreciate a great solo by Bird, Diz, or Bud.
and these three GREAT musicians are no longer with us: the virtuoistic VICTOR FELDMAN/Piano & Vibes, the rock solid bassist SCOTT LAFARO and the impeccable STAN LEVY on drums. This is much more than a casual listen and is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Check out Dizzy Gillespie's "Bebop," which is the fastest tempo I've ever heard. Legend has it that Feldman wanted to do it slower, but Stan insisted on a breakneck tempo.
While Feldman stands tall on his own merits, fans of LaFaro will be interested to hear him playing a slightly more straight-ahead style, with his unique 'voice' just beginning to develop.
We shouldn't forget Stan Levey on drims either. All in all, a great trio and a lovely album.
The track "Too Blue" probably is the best recording of a bass player that I have ever heard. I highly recommend The Arrival of Victor Feldman.
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This great but little known pianist/percussionist burns it up on piano and vibraphone. This alone is reason enough to buy the CD but for fans of jazz bass playing this disc is a... Read morePublished on August 12, 2011 by Reverandfug
This transfer to CD (VICJ-41698) is NOT a K2 20-bit remaster, but it is in a mini-LP sleeve. The other mini-LP for Arrival (VICJ-60790) IS a K2. Read morePublished on June 25, 2008 by Greenlight
For those of you looking for a first-class remaster of Feldman & LaFaro's disc, this is the one -- it differs from the regular Contemporary CD transfer in being an... Read morePublished on June 25, 2008 by Greenlight
This is a light little CD that fans of Bill Evans or Dave Brubeck should enjoy. The tracks here are all cheerful and bouncy--good early morning jazz. Read morePublished on December 16, 2000 by Ted Ficklen