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The same lineup that graced Billy Hart's 1993 effort, Amethyst, is augmented on this 1997 follow-up by the second saxophone of Chris Potter. Once again, Mark Feldman's violin and David Fiuczynski's guitar contribute highly unorthodox textures and tones. If anything, Fiuczynski goes out on even more of a limb, especially on Potter's gentle yet intricate "Tosh," and Hart's Coltrane-inspired "Téulé's Redemption," the latter of which also features a maniacal tenor solo by John Stubblefield. Hart also gives us the title track, "Oceans of Time," a funk-tinged tune in seven. Bassist Santi Debriano's "Mindreader," with its climactic dual-saxophone battle, is one of the more intense and challenging pieces; pianist David Kikoski and Debriano himself also deliver strong solos. In addition, Debriano's "Offering" serves as a dissonant, swinging finale. Fiuczynski does not contribute a tune this time around, but Feldman offers the evocative waltz "Father Demo Square," featuring Potter on bass clarinet, and Stubblefield provides the opener, "One for Carter," a spirited Latin romp written in honor of Carter Jefferson. As was the case on Amethyst, there is a previously recorded David Kikoski composition: "Shadow," a beautiful piece that appears on the pianist's 1995 self-titled trio disc. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi


Born: 29 November 1940 in Washington, D.C.

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A flexible drummer who has been a sideman in many different settings, Billy Hart is a creative player most at home playing advanced jazz. He worked early on in Washington, D.C. with Buck Hill and Shirley Horn, and was with the Montgomery Brothers (1961), Jimmy Smith (1964-1966), and Wes Montgomery (1966-1968). Hart was a member of Herbie Hancock's challenging sextet (1969-1973), and played regularly with McCoy Tyner (1973-1974) and Stan Getz (1974-1977), in addition to extensive freelancing (including...
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Oceans of Time, Billy Hart
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 23 September 1997

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