CD Focus [Arthur Blythe] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 947991),
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Focus [Arthur Blythe] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Opus
    2. Children's Song
    3. C.C. Rider
    4. Once Again
    5. My Son Ra
    6. Hip Toe
    7. Night Song
    8. Bubbles
    9. Stuffy Turkey
    10. Night Creeper
    11. In a Sentimental Mood
    12. Focus
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2044

  • Credits
    ProducerCecil Brooks III
    EngineerKatsuhiko Naito

    Personnel: Arthur Blythe (alto saxophone); Bob Stewart (tuba); William Tsillis (marimba); Cecil Brooks III (drums).
    Recorded at Tedesco Recording Studios, Paramus, New Jersey on April 11, 2002.
    Liner Note Author: Bill Milkowski.
    Recording information: Tedesco Studio, Paramus, NJ (04/11/2002).
    Photographer: R. Andrew Lepley.
    Altoist Arthur Blythe has always loved to play in unusual instrumental settings. His soulful sound and adventurous style are quite flexible and they sound right at home in this set with Gust William Tsilis on bass marimba, Bob Stewart on tuba, and drummer Cecil Brooks III. The performances are lyrical and often melodic, but searching and unpredictable. Blythe contributed eight of the dozen songs (including "Opus 1," "My Son Ra," and "Bubbles") in addition to digging into "C.C. Rider," Thelonious Monk's obscure "Children's Song," "Stuffy Turkey," and "In a Sentimental Mood." In grooves ranging from New Orleans to R&B-ish, along with freer explorations, this is a continually colorful set of high-quality music. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (6/03, p.80) - "...It's an unlikely but very euphonious quartet, with the mellow yet light and almost toneless grand marimba emphasizing the low end....A beautiful album..."
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