Saturday, May 27, 2017

Rodney Jones - 1978 - Articulation

Rodney Jones 

01. Articulation 4:32
02. 1978 13:20
03. Hard New York Swing 6:51
04. Interlude 1 1:14
05. Childville 3:51
06. Blues For Wes 8:17
07. Nereda 5:18

Bass – Benjamin Brown
Drums – Kenwood Denard
Flute – Bernadine Davis
Guitar – Rodney Jones
Piano – Kenny Kirkland
Saxophone – Arthur Blythe, Bob Mitzer
Trumpet – Wallace Rooney III
Voice – Bemshi Jones

An overlooked spiritual jazz gem from the 70s – recorded for the Dutch Timeless label, but done in a mode that sparkles with the energy of Strata East at the time! Guitarist Rodney Jones is in some wonderfully hip company for the set – a lineup that includes Kenny Kirkland on piano, Wallace Roney on trumpet, Bob Mintzer on tenor, and Arthur Blythe on alto – all blowing together beautifully with a freely-soaring spiritual energy that reminds us a lot of some of Gary Bartz' more jazz-based albums of the time. And while Jones is the leader, his guitar work often takes second seat next to the well-crafted horn patterns in the set – very well-conceived, and always with a searching sort of post-Coltrane energy.

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