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Album Review

Although released on CD in 1995, this is one of drummer Billy Higgins' earliest sessions as a leader, recorded in 1980. Leading a quartet including Cedar Walton, Bob Berg, and bassist Tony Dumas, he steps to the forefront with an explosive solo in the midst of Walton's hard bop vehicle "Plexus," while he sticks to brushes (until Berg returns) in the rendition of "Lover Man," which showcases the rest of the band. The quartet takes Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Sabiá" away from its bossa nova roots, offering a driving post-bop arrangement. Berg contributed "Amazon," an infectious tune built upon a simple riff that opens with Higgins alone. The tense introduction to the bittersweet Brazilian ballad "Estate" sets up Berg's heartfelt solo, backed by Walton's thoughtful piano and Higgins' whispering brushes. Recommended.

Biography

Born: October 11, 1936 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

As a member of the groundbreaking Ornette Coleman-led quartet that launched the free jazz renaissance, Billy Higgins remains one of the most important and controversial drummers in music history. An uncommonly versatile and intuitive player, his nimble rhythmic patterns achieved a perfect balance between function and form, inspiring the great trumpeter Lee Morgan to remark "[Higgins] never overplays, but you always know he's there." Born October 11, 1936, in Los Angeles, Higgins began his career...
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Once More, Billy Higgins
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  • $5.94
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 1995

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