Hemphill, Julius / Five Chord Stud
Album: Five Chord Stud   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Hemphill, Julius   Added:Aug 1994
Label:Black Saint  

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 26, 2004: Umami Jazz Program
2. Oct 11, 2000: Umami Jazz Program

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2004-10-29
(Transcription of the review by Eva, circa 1994:)

Julius Hemphill's compositions really don't sound like anyone else's -- very distinctive, muscular, sinuous, often bluesy and/or dissonant. Great ensemble writing, really nice use of space. Sometimes driving, sometimes quieter and lovely.

This sax sextet is great! A hard, dry sound, very tight playing, lots of excellent solos, wonderful group improv. Inside/outside stuff. Great dynamics too.

**1 - Bouncy, complicated rhythms -- abstract -- then sounding like an old big-band sax section. Nice tenor solo.

2* - Dissonant, soaring head, then everyone warbling and squealing together.

3* - Excellent Tim Berne solo intro, then bluesy tenor solo with quiet, lush background.

4* - Dissonant, singsong-chimey group intro, then pretty furious group improv.

5* - Minor, keening solos over eerie floating/rumbling background.

6 - Bouncy, swinging, bluesy

8* - Excellent, delicate, floating ... then heavier, richer group sound

9 - Bluesy. Starts like a spiritual, then gets, um, "dirtier."

Very highly recommended.

Track Listing
1. Band Theme   5. Five Chord Stud
2. Mr Critical   6. The Moat and Bridge
3. Shorty   7. Georgia Blue
4. Mirrors   8. Flush
  9. Spiritual Chairs