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Notes from the Underground [Jonny King]


  • 1. Gnosis
    2. Notes from the Underground
    3. Solilquy
    4. Caffeine
    5. Mean to Me
    6. Blow Up
    7. Common Law, The
    8. Ramblas, Las
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9067

  • Credits
    ProducerMatthias Winckelmann
    EngineerMike Marciano; Michael Marciano

    Personnel: Jonny King (piano); Joshua Redman (soprano & tenor saxophones); Steve Nelson (vibraphone); Peter Washington (bass); Billy Drummond (drums).
    Recorded at Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn, New York on September 28 & 29, 1995. Includes liner notes by Bob Blumenthal.
    Personnel: Johnny King (vocals, drums); Jonny King (piano); Joshua Redman (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Steve Nelson (vibraphone); Billy Drummond (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Bob Blumenthal.
    Recording information: Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn, NY (09/28/1995-09/29/1995).
    Photographer: Jimmy Katz.
    Jonny King is a talented advanced hard bop player whose playing on this early release finds him performing in a group that recalls the Bobby Hutcherson/Harold Land quintet of the early '70s. King sometimes sounds here like McCoy Tyner or Mulgrew Miller, and he contributed six of the eight numbers -- all but the standard "Mean to Me," which is taken as a tasteful piano-vibes duet, and Herbie Hancock's "Blow Up," with the closing calypso "Las Ramblas" being the most memorable. Steve Nelson's vibes (influenced by Hutcherson) are a key voice both in the ensembles and as a soloist. Joshua Redman is in excellent if conventional form on tenor while showing on the hyperactive "Caffeine" that his soprano playing is coming along. With bassist Peter Washington and drummer Billy Drummond offering solid support, this is a fine modern mainstream date. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (8/96, p.57) - 4 1/2 Stars - Very Good/Excellent - "...marks him as one of the strongest piano voices of the new generation, and a bandleader who kicks....Steve Nelson is the most important vibra-harpist to emerge since the Jackson-Burton-Hutcherson era....Joshua Redman could not pour more of himself into this session if it were his own..."
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