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Pure Genius

Don Sebesky was hired to be the "In House" conductor of Creed Taylor's sublime label. The secret is in the artistry of not only music, but package design. Sounds stupid, but the albums were objects de' art and Pete Turner's photos proved it.

To the music, this was a kind of "introduction" of who CTi was, and what it was about. So everyone on the payroll went off to a artistic retreat to create a collection of wonderful songs/compositions.

Starting with the prelude to Deodato's, soon to be famous taking of the "Also Srach Zarathustra, a classical work is respected yet "modernized" by Sebesky's genius. Starvinski and the Mahavishnu surely would agree witht he handling of "Firebird" and "Birds of Fire." Suddenly the calm of Paul Desmond's lush sax on "Song to a Seagul" is unreal with the dreamlike electronic swirls that almost make you hover. Freddie Hubbard's contribution is kickin' to the point that "free As A Bird" sounds more quartet than the subtle orchestrations present. "Psalm 150" shows what Jackie & Roy Kral can do with some period pseudo sacred jazz, of which Guaraldi had succeeded iwth int he 60's. It is a bit out of date if you don't consider the contemporary nature of the whole set. "Fly/Circles" has a unique of the final recordings of Chet Baker's vocals and a great pairing of compositions that has some more up-lifting flute by Hubert Laws.

This is a keeper set that was two vinyl discs...ah the miracle of cd's. A true lost, but now found collector's dream box!


Born: December 10, 1937 in Perth Amboy, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

Don Sebesky is best known as house arranger for many of producer Creed Taylor's Verve, A&M, and CTI productions; the man whose orchestral backgrounds helped make artists like Wes Montgomery, Paul Desmond, Freddie Hubbard, and George Benson acceptable to audiences outside of jazz. He has taken critical heat for this, but Sebesky's arrangements have usually been among the classiest in his field, reflecting a solid knowledge of the orchestra, drawing variously from big band jazz, rock, ethnic music,...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 1973

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