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Recorded shortly after this quartet toured Denmark in 2003, the music on this co-op set is often reminiscent of early Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, and other free jazz masters of the early to mid-'60s. Oliver Lake displays a beautiful tone on alto, tenor saxophonist John Tchicai's comes up with some strong statements of his own while blending in well with Lake, and the team of bassist Jonas Westergaard and drummer Kresten Osgood is worthy of Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins, doing full justice to the latter in the tribute "Smiling Billy Higgins." There are many intense moments and, while the brief poetry reading (in German?) wastes space, the musicians are heard throughout in top form, matching their passion with lyricism. Recommended.


Born: 14 September 1942 in Marianna, AR

Genre: Jazz

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

Oliver Lake is an explosively unpredictable soloist, somewhat akin to Eric Dolphy in the ultra-nimble manner in which he traverses the full range of his main horn, the alto. Lake's astringent saxophone sound is his trademark -- piercing, bluesy, and biting in the manner of a Maceo Parker, it was a perfect lead voice for the World Saxophone Quartet, the band with which Lake has arguably made his most enduring music. Lake began playing drums as a child in St. Louis. He first picked up the saxophone...
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  • 7,92 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 18 April 2007

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