Tuesday, May 12, 2009

HurdAudio Rotation: Spiritually Impious

Joe Henderson: Page One. 1963. Blue Note Records: CDP 7 84140 2.

Joe Henderson: tenor saxophone
Kenny Dorham: trumpet
McCoy Tyner: piano
Butch Warren: bass
Pete La Roca: drums

The jazz loving ear is enticed from several different directions from this one. Joe Henderson is a known entity of excellence in tenor saxo
phone playing from this era of Blue Note Records. But just lurking beneath that band leader draw is a dose of Kenny Dorham's trumpet and arranging chops. Add in the ivory stylings of McCoy Tyner and this one shapes up to be a straight ahead classic that does not disappoint.

Satanized: Sickness and Hellth: The Secular Chansons of ... 2007. Badmaster Records: BM010.

Andrew Gaspar: voice, turntable
Alex Nagle: guitar
Evan Lipson: bass
Pete Angevine: drums

"Purple Pickle" deserves hit status in the world of lewd-core music. Satanized is an indulgence of Philadelphia's collision of noise, rage and creativity. Alex Nagle's guitar dominates my impression of this collection of jams and screaming this time through. And of course, I came back for seconds on "Purple Pickle."

The Bad Plus: Prog. 2007. Do the Math Records/Heads Up International: HUCD 3125.

Reid Anderson: bass
Ethan Iverson: piano
David King: drums

Perhaps too much is made of choice of cover tunes featured by the Bad Plus. Perhaps a generation raised on show tunes as the body of accepted jazz "standards" has not yet comprehended the straight parallel of a piano trio interpreting Tears for Fears or David Bowie. What is apparent in this music - most of it originals composed by the members of The Bad Plus - is a polished, tightly realized music from this world. Ethan Iverson hears around the confines of didactically defined jazz and draws out a sound that grooves, pounds and finds pools of carefully placed lyricism. Making direct references to Rush or Burt Bacharach with the same rhythmic crispness of Thelonius Monk brings a refreshing respect to all music regardless of its position on the spectrum between sacred and profane.

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