Sunday, October 19, 2008

Another Slice of Blythe

This fine Saturday, as I cleaned the house in preparation for a dinner party, I listened to Blythe's Bytes. It is a much more traditional production than the aforebloggedupon Focus. The quartet is standard: Blythe on Alto, John Hicks on piano, Dwayne Dolphin on bass, and Cecil Brooks III on drums. The music is straight ahead jazz. There are a couple of Monk compositions, done with tender care but no surprises. The best piece is an interpretation of Coltrane's "Naima." I have uploade that last one to dropeeoh.
But almost as good is the last piece: "what a friend we have in Jesus". The title of that hymn is almost jazz-like in its subtle statement.

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