Acquisitions- 6/6

A quick trip to Amoeba to pass a Sunday afternoon…

Charlie Haden w/ Paul Motian & Gonzalo Rubalcaba- The Montreal Tapes

This is a recording from the 1989 Montreal Jazz Festival. The first artist to participate in the festival’s Invitations series, Haden played five nights at that festival, each night with a different group. This set with Motian (yes, again) and Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba features some great playing from Haden, with inventive melodies and propulsive lines made up of almost entirely root notes like only Haden can do. Rubalcaba was a nice surprise here. He has a knack for putting starkly angular lines in flowing sections that reminds me of Keith Jarrett.  I look forward to tracking down the other discs from the series, especially Volume 1 with Haden,  Paul Bley and Motian.

McCoy Tyner- Illuminations

I hate to say it, but this is the first McCoy Tyner disc I’ve purchased. Sure, I have plenty with him playing on it, but none with him as leader. This disc features a great ensemble, with frequent Tyner partner Gary Bartz on saxes, Terrence Blanchard on trumpet, Christian McBride on bass and Lewis Nash on drums. The standouts are the McBride composition for piano and bass, “West Philly Tone Poem” and “New Orleans Stomp”, which finds Tyner playing much more traditionally than I’m used to hearing him. Great playing all around on this one.

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