The Complete Blue Note Fifties Sessions
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My only problems with this great item are non-musical. First, I would have liked one of Melle's early original art covers; this would have made it a knockout. Also, I think someone other than Melle himself could have done the liner notes. He seems a little too eager to tell us what a Renaissance man he is (some of his claims are a tad dubious anyway), and to urge us to forget the old stuff (like what's contained here). Still, to hear the music is to forgive all.
I resent the acclaim Gil receives and disagree with the criticisms. He should not be known only for his soundtrack work and his work with electronic instruments and neither for his chops (which in my opinion were understated, inventive and cool.)
These albums will prove to the casual listener that he was ahead of his time in a few aspects. (And a decent baritone saxophonist too: warm, slightly metallic and very fluent, relying heavily on the constantly changing themes in his compositions to carry him... not unlike most west coasters at the time. He swung harder though, as shown on Timepiece he even gets a bit Dexter Gordon-y.) From a pop music aspect... catchy hooks, melodic lines, accesibility in his eclecticism, easily-grasped and simple though carefully built structures.
I recommend this for all fans of jazz who do not rely on hearing spontaneous and hard 'swinging' (surely we are past 'swinging' in 2009??) improvisation and are ready to hear the sounds of the 'bland' West Coast 'jazzed up'... if you will forgive my terminology. Fans of compositional writing from Charles Mingus to Frank Zappa to Modern Jazz Quartet will be best pleased.
Tal Farlow is also brilliant here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's good to have all Gil Melle's Blue Note 10 '' in one package. The music is of a consistent high quality and innovative for it's time. Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by I. Simpson
I'm really into Gil Melle and that timeperiod, I'm so biased! This is a great collection. I remember hearing "The Gears" for the first time...those early misty 50's! Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Robert
I can't stop listening to these recordings and I have many to choose from. I just wake up and have to put this on. I am listening to it right now. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by Alan Charmatz
Certainly an egoist, yet a musician ahead of his time. Brilliant work...and an extreme joy to listen to! What a discovery, so late in the game. Read morePublished on November 15, 2012 by Justengage
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