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Arthur Blythe - Night Song


Label:  Clarity   Catalog #: 1016  
Composer:  Arthur BlytheThomas TsiliasThelonious MonkBilly Strayhorn
Performer:  Art Lange
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a particularly intriguing and enjoyable release. Arthur Blythe, who has always had a piercing, passionate, and fairly accessible sound on alto, is joined by Bob Stewart on tuba, Gust Tsilis (doubling on marimba and vibes), three hand drummers (Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Josh Jones, and David Frazier), and occasionally his producer, Chico Freeman, on bass clarinet and percussion. The instrumentation varies from cut to cut, with several duets (including one in which the bass clarinet and tuba blend perfectly together), opportunities for Blythe to play with just the percussionists, and rather unusual versions of Thelonious Monk's "We See" and Billy Strayhorn's "Blood Count." Whether it be hints at New Orleans parade Read more rhythms, Afro-Cuban jazz, older styles of jazz, or freer explorations, this is a fascinating set that is well worth several listens.

-- Scott Yanow, AllMusic.com


Personnel: Arthur Blythe (alto saxophone); Chico Freeman (bass clarinet, percussion); Art Lange (alto saxophone); Bob Stewart (tuba); David Frazier, Josh Jones, Arto Tuncboyaciyan (percussion).

Liner Note Author: Art Lange.

Recording information: First Unitarian Church, Berkeley, CA (08/13/1996-08/15/1996). Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Night Song (Cancion de la Noche) by Arthur Blythe
Performer:  Art Lange (Alto Saxophone)
2.
Sorrows of Sonny Liston by Thomas Tsilias
Performer:  Art Lange (Alto Saxophone)
3.
Down San Diego Way by Arthur Blythe
Performer:  Art Lange (Alto Saxophone)
4.
It's Hungry / Fulfillment by Arthur Blythe
Performer:  Art Lange (Alto Saxophone)
5.
Ransom by Arthur Blythe
Performer:  Art Lange (Alto Saxophone)
6.
Cause of It All by Arthur Blythe
Performer:  Art Lange (Alto Saxophone)
7.
We See by Thelonious Monk
Performer:  Art Lange (Alto Saxophone)
8.
Blood Count by Billy Strayhorn
Performer:  Art Lange (Alto Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
9.
Slanderous by Arthur Blythe
Performer:  Art Lange (Alto Saxophone)
10.
Contemplation by Arthur Blythe
Performer:  Art Lange (Alto Saxophone)
11.
Hardly by Arthur Blythe
Performer:  Art Lange (Alto Saxophone)
12.
Night Song (Cancion de la Noche) - Reprise by Arthur Blythe
Performer:  Art Lange (Alto Saxophone)

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