CHARLES TOLLIVER — Connect

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Album · 2020

Filed under Post Bop
By CHARLES TOLLIVER

Tracklist

1 Blue Soul 9:38
2 Emperor March 13:32
3 Copasetic 6:07
4 Suspicion 9:59

Total length: 39:16

digital download bonus track:
5. Blue Soul (Edit) 6:07

Line-up/Musicians

Alto Saxophone – Jesse Davis
Bass – Buster Williams
Drums – Lenny White
Piano – Keith Brown
Tenor Saxophone – Binker Golding (tracks: 3,4)
Trumpet – Charles Tolliver

About this release

Gearbox Records GB1561CD (UK)

Recorded to tape at RAK Studios November 2019

Thanks to snobb for the addition and js for the updates

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snobb
Trumpeter Charles Tolliver made his name during the late 60s-early 70s, playing creative post bop in small bands with pianist Stanley Cowell and sax player Gary Bartz among others and co-founding an impressive progressive big band Music Inc. His albums from early 70s all are classics and sound pretty well even now.

From late 70s Tolliver disappeared from active recordings with a very few predominantly live recordings coming from 90s and 00's. "Connect" is his first studio album in fourteen years.

Recorded and released in UK, the veteran's album is of traditional 70s size - 39 minutes (or vinyl LP) long. It contains four Tolliver originals, some of them has been already heard on his more current albums in big band arrangements. His cross-generation all-American quintet (recorded in renown RAK studio during European tour) contains seasoned musicians bassist Buster Williams (played with Herbie Hancock and Archie Shepp among many others) and drummer Lenny White (of RTF fame), mid-generation altoist Jesse Davis and youngster pianist Keith Brown. Fashionable Brits tenor Binker Golding participates as a guest on two tracks.

Well recorded, music itself is quite conservative and recalls more early 70s than second decade of a New Millennium. What is not necessarily a bad thing, just depending on the listener's taste. Compositions are tight, up-tempo, quite straight and not too knotty, just well played without any tricks. Fans of post bop and early fusion ca.72 will probably enjoy the sound which is really rare nowadays.

There are two reasons why "Connect" isn't as great an album as some of Tolliver's best works. First, compositions are not all that memorable, and second - drummer Lenny White (as almost always) sounds very much as rock drummer in a jazz band - heavyweight,straight-forward and non-subtle that doesn't add elegance to whole music at all. It's interesting that Binker Golding's, who is an artist of very different background and generation, soloing is quite successful and embellishes the song's sound a lot.

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Mssr_Renard
This new album is a very seventies/late sixties sounding album. Post-Coltrane bop-music with older and younger musicians side to side. It reminds a bit of The Cookers (an all-star post-bop outfit with some great albums). The drumming of Lenny White is really restrained and nothing like what he does in Return to Forever. Great to hear Binker Golding guesting on this album.

The production of this album is very retro, and the compositions and solos are really great. It almost sounds like a lost post-bop-album than as a modern jazz-record, wich exactly what I like.

You can easily buy this album through Gearbox records (digital or physical) wich is great, because you can support the artists better, than just stream the album.

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