Track of the day: 'Balance Point'

Lovely Melissa Aldana saxophone part here on the title track of Balance Point, captured warts and all, it's about the over-riding expression never mind the wrinkles of distraction or minute detail on pianist Art Hirahara's latest album, Aldana …

Published: 23 Apr 2020. Updated: 3 months.

Lovely Melissa Aldana saxophone part here on the title track of Balance Point, captured warts and all, it's about the over-riding expression never mind the wrinkles of distraction or minute detail on pianist Art Hirahara's latest album, Aldana inhabiting the suburbs of Joshua Redmansville for a change. A good place to live. Remember Aldana last year on the marvellous Visions? Without further also 'marvellous' Ron Manager-type digression this record on Posi-Tone has Joe Martin on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. Incidentally Royston you gotta hear newly up on YouTube with Rudresh and Moutin on 'Red Cross' as promo from the upcoming Hero Trio. Hirahara should be better known, this finds him completely in the zone, a sunny, life affirming presence that moves from background to foreground conjuring a benign atmosphere all wrapped around him on this absorbing track. SG

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Summertime album from Charles Tolliver announced

Hard bop-into-the-spiritual trumpeter Charles Tolliver has recorded a new album that London label Gearbox say is titled Connect and which will be released this summer. It was recorded at RAK Studios in London in late-2019. Tolliver is with Jesse …

Published: 23 Apr 2020. Updated: 21 months.

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Hard bop-into-the-spiritual trumpeter Charles Tolliver has recorded a new album that London label Gearbox say is titled Connect and which will be released this summer. It was recorded at RAK Studios in London in late-2019. Tolliver is with Jesse Davis on alto saxophone, Keith Brown on piano, Buster Williams on double bass, and Lenny White on drums with saxophonist Binker Golding guesting on a couple of tracks. Born in Florida in 1942 Tolliver played with Jackie Mclean and Max Roach in the 1960s and is revered for among other recordings Paper Man in 1968. With Stanley Cowell he founded Strata-East Records in 1971.

Photo of Charles Tolliver: Gearbox

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