|Hemphill, Julius / Five Chord Stud|
|Album:||Five Chord Stud||Collection:||Jazz|
|1.||Aug 26, 2004:||Umami Jazz Program |
|2.||Oct 11, 2000:||Umami Jazz Program |
(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.
|1.||Band Theme||5.||Five Chord Stud|
|2.||Mr Critical||6.||The Moat and Bridge|