Friday, February 22, 2019

Black Arthur Blythe - 1978 - Bush Baby

Black Arthur Blythe
Bush Baby

01. Mamie Lee 10:32
02. For Fats 8:43
03. Off The Top 8:20
04. Bush Baby 9:07

Alto Saxophone – Arthur Blythe
Congas – Ahkmed Abdullah
Tuba – Bob Stewart

Recorded at Blank Tapes Recording Studio, New York City, December 1977.

During this outstanding and challenging recital, altoist Arthur Blythe (who at the time went by the title of "Black Arthur") stretches out on four originals in a sparse trio with Bob Stewart on tuba and Ahkmed Abdullah on conga. Blythe had an original sound from the start and his soulful yet adventurous and intense style is heard in its early prime on what was his second recording session as a leader, cut just before he was surprisingly signed to Columbia.