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The Call [Seamus Blake]

  • 1. Vanguard Blues, Pt. 1
    2. Call, The
    3. Nobody's Song but His Own
    4. On Cue
    5. Prelude to a Kiss
    6. Mercy Days
    7. Zydeco
    8. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
    9. Vanguard Blues, Pt. 2
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1088

  • Credits
    EngineerMax Bolleman

    Seamus Blake Quintet: Seamus Blake (tenor & soprano saxophones); Kevin Hays (piano); Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar); Larry Grenadier (bass); Bill Stewart (drums).
    Recorded on December 24, 1993. Includes liner notes by Bret Primack.
    Personnel: Seamus Blake (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar); Kevin Hays (piano); Bill Stewart (drums).
    Liner Note Authors: Bret Primack; Seamus Blake.
    Recording information: RPM Studio, New York, NY (12/24/1993).
    Photographer: Ron Schwerin.
    Tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, who was 24 at the time, is in excellent form on this creative post-bop set. He is teamed with the atmospheric and inventive guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, pianist Kevin Hays, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Bill Stewart on seven originals (including "Nobody's Song but His Own," "Mercy Days," and two versions of "Vanguard Blues"), "Prelude to a Kiss," and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." At this early stage in his career, Blake already had a pretty original sound on tenor and a good tone on soprano. One of the highpoints of the set is "Zydeco," which, although sounding nothing at all like zydeco music, features some particularly passionate playing from Blake. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow

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