Complete Studio Master Takes Import
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All I can say is that Herbie Nichols is a "Mood Poet."
We've all heard about "tone poems." Herbie Nichols creates these "Mood poems" using the keys on the piano to paint these strange and unique "moods" and "atmospheres." I've never heard anything else like it.
Included in the CD is a short essay written by Nichols himself that offers some insight into his composotional style. It shouldn't coem as a surprise that Nichols considered himself a poet as much as a musician. Despite all the tragic circumstances of his life (which I won't go into here) and the neglect he suffered, I got the sense that he was an optimistic man who used poetry and music to contribute more beauty to the world.
The world always needs more beauty, and Nichols the "Mood poet" showed us a very unique kind of beauty.
'HOUSE PARTY' SONG OR THAT 'SPINNING'TUNE FROM NICHOLS ALBUM. FINALLY, I OWN ONE OF HIS CD'S.
THESE RECORDINGS WERE RECORDED WHEN HE WAS IN HIS MID-30'S. HE DIED IN 1963 ABOUT 8 YEARS
LATER. IF YOU LIKE RICHARD TWARDZIK,HASAAN,ELMO HOPE,YOU'LL BE PLEASED WITH THESE 35 TRACKS.
(OVER 2 HOURS.) LOTS OF ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS. LOT'S OF MINOR THEMES & DIMINISH CHORDS +
LOWER REGISTER BEING WORKED OVER WITH HIS LEFT HAND. GROUPS OF THE MIDDLE&UPPER NOTES JUMPING UP HERE AND
THERE ALL RELATED TO THE THEME. IT'S SO MUCH FUN LISTENING TO THIS TRUE ORIGINAL ARTIST.
I HAVE A HUGE JAZZ PIANO COLLECTION. THIS BELONGS WITH THE GREAT PIANO RECORDINGS I ALREADY
HAVE. BESIDES HIS ORIGINAL TUNES,HE PLAYS STANDARDS WITH A MORE TAME STYLE. BUT,NOT THAT
TAME! HE USES THICK 2 HANDED CHORDS IN PLAYING SOME OF THE TUNES. SOME ARE IN THE MIDDLE
AND SOME ARE CLOSER TO THE LOWER REGISTER. "HOUSE PARTY STARTING" MY FAVORITE. I USUALLY
PLAY IT TWICE OR MORE. BUT ,EVERY TRACK IS A GEM!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some reissue purists may disagree but I like having both the original Blue Note and Bethlehem master takes all in one place because I don't need 2 alternate takes for every cut as... Read morePublished 20 months ago by BigBandCentral
The Complete Studio Master Takes by Nichols is a very interesting double Cd. Nichols's style is quite unique, with monkian echoes but keeping its own bebop. Read morePublished on March 26, 2010 by Alf Paradise