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Herbie Nichols, a highly original pianist and composer, had a short life shrouded in obscurity, yet he did make a strong impression on his occasional bassist Buell Neidlinger. While Nichols only had the opportunity to record some of his pieces in piano-bass-drums trios, Neidlinger's memorable tribute does not utilize any of those three instruments. With Marty Krystall on reeds, Hugh Schick on trumpet, violinist Richard Greene, Jimbo Ross on viola and Neidlinger sticking to cello, 11 of Nichols' originals are given colorful, often humorous and spirited interpretations. One of the finest releases of 1995, this CD is full of surprises and unusual tone colors. Highlights include "Blue Chopsticks," "The Gig," "Love, Gloom, Cash, Love" and 'The Lady Sings the Blues," but each selection is well worth hearing. A gem that belongs in every jazz recording collection.


Born: 02 March 1936 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

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

Throughout his career, bassist Buell Neidlinger has played such a wide variety of styles that one can only conclude he can play anything. He started out studying classical cello and also learned trumpet and piano before settling on bass. After moving to New York in 1955, Neidlinger played with Dixieland and mainstream bands and such top players as Rex Stewart, Vic Dickenson, Coleman Hawkins, and Eddie Condon. The same year he joined the Cecil Taylor Quartet, a unit that only worked sporadically during...
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Blue Chopsticks: A Portrait of Herbie Nichols, Buell Neidlinger
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  • 10,89 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 1994

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