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Heaven Dance

The Leaders Trio

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Album Review

This CD is almost worth getting for the bizarre liner notes of Richard Santoro. During this era, pianist Kirk Lightsey (who also plays a bit of flute), bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Don Moye formed the rhythm section of the Leaders, so their set is listed as being by "the Leaders Trio." The musicians perform two Lightsey originals, three by McBee, Moye's "Ode to Wilbur Ware," an obscure Gary Bartz tune, and the standard "This Is All I Ask." Although there is close interplay by the musicians, the pianist is the lead voice, so one can look at this set as being a date by the Kirk Lightsey Trio. Excellent modern mainstream music.

Biography

Formed: 1985

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The Leaders was a veritable supergroup of leftward-leaning, mid-'80s jazz stars. Its front line was comprised of three of the era's important personalities — trumpeter Lester Bowie, from the decade's most critically acclaimed band, the Art Ensemble of Chicago; alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, whose Columbia albums of the time almost (but not quite) brought free jazz a measure of popular acceptance; and tenor saxophonist Chico Freeman, who made a series of records that melded the best of mainstream...
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  • 4,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 1988

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