ARTHUR BLYTHE

Post Bop / Avant-Garde Jazz / Fusion • United States
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A brilliant altoist. With the heart of Parker, the wisdom of Ornette, and the joy of Ellington! (OK Ellington didn't play the alto, but you get me, don't you?)

A singularly distinctive and uniquely distinguishable stylist, Arthur Blythe is considered one of the greatest alto saxaphonist's of his generation. Born in Los Angeles, May 7, 1940, and raised in San Diego, CA Blythe's beautiful, passionate and expressive sound validate his reputation as one of the most significant jazz musicians of our times.

Influenced by johnny Hodges, Earl Bostic, Tab Smith, monk Cannonball and John Coltrane, Arthur he began his career on the alto at nine years old and by 13 was playing in an r&b band. Moving back to LA in the late 50's, Blythe became a leading member of a lively and creative avant-garde jazz scene.

Arthur started working with the inimatable pianist-composer Horace Tapscott with whom he made
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In the Tradition /Lenox Avenue Breakdown/IllusionsIn the Tradition /Lenox Avenue Breakdown/Illusions
Beat Goes on 2016
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Elaborations / Light Blue: Arthur Blythe PlaysElaborations / Light Blue: Arthur Blythe Plays
Beat Goes on 2017
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Beat Goes on 2018
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Sony Music Entertain 1988
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Clarity Records 1997
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FocusFocus
Savant Records 2002
$6.24
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Lenox Avenue BreakdownLenox Avenue Breakdown
Koch Records 1998
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ARTHUR BLYTHE Discography

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ARTHUR BLYTHE Black Arthur Blythe : Bush Baby album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Arthur Blythe : Bush Baby
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
ARTHUR BLYTHE In The Tradition album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In The Tradition
Post Bop 1979
ARTHUR BLYTHE Lenox Avenue Breakdown album cover 3.87 | 4 ratings
Lenox Avenue Breakdown
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979
ARTHUR BLYTHE Illusions album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Illusions
Avant-Garde Jazz 1980
ARTHUR BLYTHE Spirit album cover 3.57 | 2 ratings
Spirit
Post Bop 1981
ARTHUR BLYTHE Elaborations album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Elaborations
Post Bop 1982
ARTHUR BLYTHE Light Blue: Arthur Blythe Plays Thelonious Monk album cover 3.09 | 3 ratings
Light Blue: Arthur Blythe Plays Thelonious Monk
Post Bop 1983
ARTHUR BLYTHE Put Sunshine in It album cover 2.25 | 2 ratings
Put Sunshine in It
Post Bop 1985
ARTHUR BLYTHE Da-Da album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Da-Da
Fusion 1986
ARTHUR BLYTHE Basic Blythe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Basic Blythe
Post Bop 1988
ARTHUR BLYTHE Hipmotism album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hipmotism
Post Bop 1991
ARTHUR BLYTHE Night Song album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Night Song
Post Bop 1997
ARTHUR BLYTHE Arthur Blythe / David Eyges / Bruce Ditmas : Synergy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Arthur Blythe / David Eyges / Bruce Ditmas : Synergy
Post Bop 1997
ARTHUR BLYTHE Arthur Blythe & David Eyges : Today's Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Arthur Blythe & David Eyges : Today's Blues
Post Bop 1998
ARTHUR BLYTHE Blythe Byte album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blythe Byte
Post Bop 2001
ARTHUR BLYTHE Focus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Focus
Post Bop 2002
ARTHUR BLYTHE Exhale album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Exhale
Post Bop 2003

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ARTHUR BLYTHE live albums

ARTHUR BLYTHE The Grip album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
The Grip
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
ARTHUR BLYTHE Metamorphosis album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Metamorphosis
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979
ARTHUR BLYTHE Retroflection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Retroflection
Post Bop 1994
ARTHUR BLYTHE Calling Card album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Calling Card
Post Bop 1995
ARTHUR BLYTHE Spirits in the Field album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spirits in the Field
Post Bop 2000

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ARTHUR BLYTHE In Concert: Metamorphosis / The Grip album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Concert: Metamorphosis / The Grip
Avant-Garde Jazz 1991
ARTHUR BLYTHE Four Albums On Two Discs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Four Albums On Two Discs
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
ARTHUR BLYTHE Elaborations/Light Blue/Put Sunshine in It album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Elaborations/Light Blue/Put Sunshine in It
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017
ARTHUR BLYTHE In The Tradition / Lenox Avenue Breakdown / Illusions / Blythe Spirit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In The Tradition / Lenox Avenue Breakdown / Illusions / Blythe Spirit
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017
ARTHUR BLYTHE Elaborations / Light Blue: Arthur Blythe Plays Thelonious Monk / Put Sunshine In It album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Elaborations / Light Blue: Arthur Blythe Plays Thelonious Monk / Put Sunshine In It
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017
ARTHUR BLYTHE Da-da / Basic Blythe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Da-da / Basic Blythe
Post Bop 2018

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ARTHUR BLYTHE Spirit

Album · 1981 · Post Bop
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Arthur Blythe is known as one of the leading alto sax player in the world of avant-garde jazz, but his "Spirit" album is often criticized as "too polished". I am the last person from whom you can expect a love for jazz commercialization, but in my opinion this album isn't so bad.

The two main problems with this release are eclecticism and an unsuccessful sequence of songs. First of all, this album was recorded by two different teams. The record's A-side and first composition on side B come from Blythe's quintet, which includes cellist Abdul Wadud, guitarist Kelvyn Bell, Bob Stewart on tuba and drummer Bobby Battle. This part of the album is really great and contains an energetic mix of avant-garde jazz with lot of fusion elements (incl. electric guitar) and some great r'n'b and even funky moments. From the very beginning the listener will be really impressed and will enjoy this music until you hit "Misty" (second song on B side).

Starting from this song the three compositions left are played by a much more conservative acoustic quartet (with pianist John Hicks, bassist Fred Hopkins and drummer Steve McCall), with some help from organist Amina Claudine Myers on the last song. All three songs are more straight ahead and seem uninspired and upset the impression of the whole album. This album starts as a great musical release, but is seriously undermined by the last part and the listener is left with the last three songs as his impression of the album.

Not the best Blythe album for sure, but worth listening to because of first four really good compositions.

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