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Album Review

This is the Charles Tolliver record to get, although it may be hard to find. The masterful trumpeter, in a quartet with pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Steve Novosel, and drummer Jimmy Hopps, plays five of his strongest compositions. Highlights include the powerful "On the Nile," "The Ringer," and "Spur," but each of the numbers has its memorable moments. Tolliver is heard at the peak of his creative powers; it is strange that he never received the fame and recognition that he deserved.

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The Ringer

Be very happy this hard-to-find is available...not an EP by any means clocking in at over 37 minutes...this album was recorded in 1969 and is one of the most underrated records of all-time! Charles Tolliver should be a household of my deserted on an island choices...SUPERB!!!


I bought two tracks, Plight and Mother Wit, 2 bucks for 16 minutes of ethereal beauty, this music is clean, crisp, thoughtful, and all that's great about jazz. I was not too familiar with Charles Tolliver, however, he is obviously a superlative player with great imagination and stylistic grace.

Also, the accompanists here all top flight players. In good form too.

charles tolliver - the ringer

this is a powerful album by a gteat trumpet player and composer. put him with the other monster hardbop n post bop artists: lee morgan, freddie hubbard, woody shaw. "on the nile" is a classic !!!


Born: March 6, 1942 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Jazz

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

In the early '70s, Charles Tolliver was one of the brightest young trumpeters in jazz. He studied at Howard University and then moved to New York in 1964, playing and recording with Jackie McLean. Tolliver was on quite a few excellent advanced hard bop records in the mid-'60s, played with Gerald Wilson's Orchestra in Los Angeles (1966-1967), and was a member of Max Roach's group at the same time (1967-1969) as the compatible Gary Bartz. In 1969, Tolliver formed a quartet called Music Inc. that often...
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