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Music Inc. - Music Inc. (Strata East / Pure Pleasure) LP

Music Inc. - Music Inc. (Strata East / Pure Pleasure) LP

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Re-mastering by: Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

The remarkable Music, Inc. Big Band remains the apotheosis of trumpeter Charles Tolliver's singular creative vision. Rarely if ever has a big band exhibited so much freedom or finesse, while at the same time never overwhelming the virtuoso soloists on whom the performances pivot. Built around the core of Tolliver, pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Jimmy Hopps, the music boasts the kind of give-and-take born equally of talent and telepathy -- each player seems to communicate with his colleagues on a higher plane, delivering performances to rival any in their careers. Tolliver in particular plays like a man possessed, summoning an energy and clarity that slice through the big, bold arrangements like the proverbial hot knife through butter.

by Jason Ankeny/AMG

Personnel: Charles Tolliver, trumpet / Stanley Cowell, piano / Jimmy Hopps, drums / Cecil McBee, bass

Additional musicians:

Trumpets: Richard Williams, Virgil Jones, Larry Greenwich & Danny Moore
Reeds & Flutes: Jimmy Heath, Clifford Jordan, Bobby Brown & Wilbur Brown
Tuba & Baritone Sax: Howard Johnson
Trombones: Garnett Brown, Curtis fuller, John Gordon & Dick Griffin.
Arrangements by composers: Charles Tolliver & Stanley Cowell

Recorded November 11th 1970
Recording Engineer Joe Jorgensen
Supervision & Mixing Engineer George Klabin

FORMAT: 180 gram vinyl

Tracklisting

Side

A:
1. Ruthie’s Heart (Charles Tolliver)
2. Brilliant Circles (Stanley Cowell)
3. Abscretions (Stanley Cowell)

Side B:
1. Household Of Saud (Charles Tolliver)
2. On The Nile (Charles Tolliver)
3. Departure (Stanley Cowell)

Pure Pleasure / Strata East SES-1971