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In Walked Buckner


  • 1. Off Shore
    2. In Walked Buckner
    3. Squeaky
    4. le Dreher Suite, The
    5. Three Sides of a Story
    6. Till Autumn
    7. Fly Over
    8. Opposite Sides
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 510

  • Credits
    ProducerRobert G. Koester
    EngineerPaul Serrano

    Roscoe Mitchell Quartet: Roscoe Mitchell (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, picolo & baroque flutes, bass recorder, clarinet, whistles, bells); Jodie Christian (piano, bells); Reggie Workman (whistle, bass, percussion); Albert "Tootie" Hearth (Egyptian flute, didgeridoo, drums, percussion).
    Recorded at Riverside Studio, Chicago, Illinois on July 13th & 14th, 1998. Includes liner notes by Terry Martin.
    Roscoe Mitchell once fronted perhaps his most daringly different trio with multi-instrumentalist Gerald Oshita and vocalist Thomas Buckner. This recording, dedicated to Buckner, captures the singing characteristics of Buckner in a purely instrumental way, and quite beautifully. Timbres are rare and off-kilter, free flowing, static, or flat-out swinging. In the middle is Mitchell, carrying the torch that has kept him a vital, adventurous American musician for three decades. Armed with a raft of woodwind instruments, Mitchell, with yeoman's help from bassist Reggie Workman, the judicious pianistics of Jodie Christian and the masterful drumming of Al Heath, makes the quartet, when they play together, unstoppable. Substantive solo space is distributed, especially for the leader. Check out his saxophone on the self-explanatory "Squeaky." Smaller combinations are fashioned with a no-time policy. Improvisations are stark and real. Spiritual evocations are evident. The bulk of the remainder of the eight-cut program, from the ethereally nautical "Off Shore," the lilting "Le Dreher Suite," and the haunting "Opposite Sides" emphatically showcase Mitchell's otherworldly flute work. They are convincing exhibits of Mitchell's position as perhaps the premier and essential improvised musical voice in the avant-garde of them all. In spirit, execution, and intent, Mitchell succeeds on all levels, except perhaps as a hitmaker. Surely his fans like it that way. Highly recommended to appreciators of this style. ~ Michael G. Nastos

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (5/99, p.68) - "...a very disparate selection, mixing straightahead and free, with Mitchell on a range of saxes, flutes and clarinets.... Mitchell's approach is almost naive, which can be fresh and appealling, and makes for a pleasant if not groundbreaking release..."
    JazzTimes (10/99, p.87) - "...an eloquent paradigm for...the contradiction between being American or black, though they are both....[BUCKNER] swings between warmly acrid, bebopish grooves, and a pastiche of Berg, Webern....straightahead, tuneful..."
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