Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Eddie Henderson - "Inside Out" 1974

When I first purchased this LP in 1978, I was not thrilled with the content and performance.  I would certainly rate this genre in the Avantgarde arena, however as my musical tastes have matured, so has my appreciation for this LP.  If you did not know that this was Eddie Henderson, you would swear you were listening to a follow-on album from Miles Davis called "Bitches Brew 2".  That would be my closest classification, of course that came out in 1970, so it seems to make sense that's where inspiration to this LP came from....The talent on this album is awesome: Bennie Maupin, Herbie Hancock, Buster Williams on bass, and of course Eddie can be heard on Cornet, Trumpet and Flugels here...
This seems to be a rare LP Rip, I could not find another on the blogs, so please enjoy !

Bass, Bass [Fender] - Buster Williams
Clarinet, Clarinet [Bass], Flute, Flute [Alto], Piccolo Flute, Saxophone [Tenor] - Bennie Maupin
Congas - Bill Summers
Drums - Billy Hart , Eric Gravatt
Piano [Electric], Clavinet, Organ - Herbie Hancock
Producer - Skip Drinkwater
Synthesizer - Patrick Gleeson
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Cornet - Eddie Henderson

Monday, September 20, 2010

Matrix - "Harvest" 1981

This is my second post of a Matrix LP.  The group has their own website ( where LP's and CD's can be purchased, however "Harvest" and "IX" are totally out-of-print in any medium.  This LP still maintains the tight and dynamic brass arrangements that Matrix is known for.  It is amazing that the LP can still deliver the "punch" that CD's are well known for.  I am also displaying the back cover artwork just to give an idea of the group's makeup (photo of recording session). Click on the image below to get a full size view:
  Pony by littlejazzarium

I actually like this LP more than "IX", because I believe it is more melodic and structured, and therefore in my opinion, more to my liking.  My favorite cut is "El Tigre" and "Harvest", but all tracks are very good.  If you like this, go the group's website and purchase the CD's that are available.  Each track unfolds a story that is worthy of telling....I hope you enjoy!!
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Track 1: "El Tigre"
Soloists - John Harmon on Piano; Jeff Pietrangelo on Flugelhorn; RandyTico on Bass

Track 2: "Pony"
Soloists - John Harmon on Piano; Larry Darling on Flugelhorn

Track 3: "Harvest" (In Honor of the American Indian)
I. Prayer of Thanksgiving
II. Feast
III. Celebration Dance
Soloists - John Kirchberger on Alto Flute; Jeff Pietrangelo on Flugelhorn
Track 4: "Blue Black"
Track 5: "Maestro" (for Aaron Copland)
Soloists - Kurt Dietrich on Trombone; John Kirchberger on Saxophone

Track 6: "Balthazar"
Soloists - John Kirchberger on Soprano Saxophone; Mike Hale on Trumpet; Randy Tico on Bass