Music Inc Charles Tolliver The Ringer
Trumpeter Charles Tolliver began his career with some excellent sideman appearances on Blue Note albums in the mid 60's with the likes of Jackie McLean, Horace Silver, and Andrew Hillbut began recording as a leader of his own quartet in the late 60's. The five compositions were all composed by Tolliver. Tolliver has been called "the Coltrane of the trumpet," and that description seems to fit the music on this record pretty well. The opening track, "Plight" is a fast, modal swinger with a loose vamp-like feel.
The quartet definitely seems influenced by the classic Coltrane quartet, especially Cowell who sticks mostly to quartal voicings when comping. Tolliver has no trouble leading the ensemble through extended solos and throughout the album his bright, clear tone is at the forefront Music Inc Charles Tolliver The Ringer the music. It's hard to find much fault with his playing; his solos are full of deeply melodic lines, but he breaks them up with bursts Music Inc Charles Tolliver The Ringer dramatic abstraction, using repeated notes and occasionally extended techniques for effect.
The rhythm section plays responsively, adding harmonic and rhythmic tension to match Tolliver's ideas, occasionally obscuring, but never moving too far away from the groove of the tune. Stevie Wonder Signed Sealed Delivered also delivers some nice solo work, easily slipping in and out of the harmony with clever melodic playing, but also able to build rhythmic tension with excellent chordal playing.
As with Tolliver, the rhythm section supports his every move with flexible, but ultimately swinging responses. In he formed the quartet Music Inc which has become internationally respected for its innovative approach.
Charles and his Music Inchas toured in North and South America, Europe, Scandinavia, and Music Inc Charles Tolliver The Ringer performing at festivals, concerts, radio and television stations.
Like with bebop, we had a long period of just salivating on. There were all these different idioms within a genre, the avant-garde and free music, bebop still, and of course the music of John Coltrane and Miles. It was just a hell of a period. And then there was also the political scene going on Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.
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