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Cool jazz's reign as the prevalent jazz style after bop's demise was short lived as many jazz players, especially on the east coast, wanted to return to a style of jazz that had a little more grit and aggression. Hard bop was a return to some of the ascetics of bop, but also offered some new differences. Hard bop brought back the faster tempos of the bop era, but in hard bop the harmonic changes did not come in such rapid fire succession and musicians found themselves stretching out on longer modal style solos. The new emphasis on albums rather than singles also led to longer songs. Hard bop players also began to bring more influences from the church, blues and RnB into jazz which foreshadowed the coming of soul jazz. Despite an influx of avant-garde jazz in the 60s, hard bop remained the prevalent jazz style until the emergence of fusion in the late 60s. Hard bop has enjoyed many revivals over the years and remains one of the most enduring and popular styles in jazz. Miles Davis is considered an early innovator in the field of hard bop, but Art Blakey and the many musicians who played in his Jazz Messengers are considered to be the epitome of the style.

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PEPPER ADAMS Out of This World

Album · 1961 · Hard Bop
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This album was originally released in 1961 when HERBIE HANCOCK made his debut to the recording world. Although several re-issues have been released under his name, it was originally under the name PEPPER ADAMS AND DONALD BYRD QUINTET – Out Of This World.

This album not only exhibits one of the most cumbersome band names and titles of jazz albums throughout recording history but also is the perfect example of how a few recorded tracks that went virtually unheard at the time of release would go on to be repackaged, renamed under not only totally different track names and sequential order but also by completely different composers and artists! This album would have probably been a total obscurity in history had it not been for the the fact that it is the very first recording to feature HERBIE HANCOCK. Let me list all the differences simply as a place to sort out the dizzying variations.

Those released under the artist name PEPPER ADAMS & DONALD BYRD QUINTET

Original release: album: Out Of This World released in 1961 as Warwick W 2041 tracks: 1. Curro's 2. It's a Beautiful Evening 3. Mr. Lucky Theme 4. Bird House 5. Day Dreams

Second version: album: Out Of This World Vol 2 released in 1988 as Warwick 2041 - 2 tracks: 1. I'm An Old Cowhand (Unreleased) 2. Day Dreams (alt. take) 3. Out Of This World (alt. take) 4. Mr. Lucky (alt. take) 5. Curro's (alt. take) 6. Byrd House (alt. Take)

Third version: album: Out Of This World: The Complete Warwick Sessions released in 2010 on CD tracks: 1. Byrd House 2. Mr. Lucky 3. Day Dreams 4. I'm An Old Cowhand 5. Curro's 6. It's A Beautiful Evening 7. Out Of This World

Many of these tracks have also been released and put together in many ways as HERBIE HANCOCK album compilations as well. These album titles include: Voyager Jammin'(with Herbie Hancock!) And Rock Your Soul, which is technically a 2007 compilation of versions of these tracks They have been renamed as they've been repackaged: 1. Jammin' With Herbie = Curro's 2. Herbie's Blues = Bird House 3. Rock Your Soul = Mr. Lucky 4. T.C.B. With Herbie = Out Of This World 5. Soul Power = Day Dreams 6. Cat Call = I'm An Old Cowhand

Note that “It's A Beautiful Evening” is missing from this release. After all that, let me get to the music. Well what we get here is some nice pleasant hard bop fairly standard from the period. Nothing extraordinary yet nothing horrible either. It will neither excite nor offend and although this is Herbie Hancock's introduction to a recording, he does not yet have creative license to add too much of his signature sound to the music. This is safely delivered hard bop where PEPPER ADAMS plays some nice boppin' baritone sax replete with the long tumbling, double-time melodic lines trading off with DONALD BYRD on trumpet.

Although this album isn't exactly essential to my ears it is interesting to hear how Herbie Hancock contributes his piano playing skills as the underdog. Herbie also credits DONALD BYRD for giving him the most important advice of his career – namely not to relinquish his songwriting publishing rites, a mistake that many a jazz player of the day made only to forfeit many royalties of re-issues. I guess I would pick this up at a very reduced price but don't lose any sleep if you can't find it. One of those collector's items and a good example of how poorly some earlier jazz albums were re-released over the decades, which makes it EXTREMELY confusing.

JOHN BROWN Quiet Time

Album · 2012 · Hard Bop
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Some albums should come with health warnings, and this is one of them. Sadly this appears to be lacking from the cover so I’ll provide one for you instead “WARNING: DO NOT, REPEAT, DO NOT PLAY THIS WHILE DRIVING!” The last time I came across an album like this was Leon Redbone’s ‘Sugar’, which featured “So, Relax”, and here bassist John Brown leads his quintet though a selection of jazz standards and newer songs with the aim of moving “people to stand still; to stop to find private space to experience quiet time both alone and with someone.” While he provides the solid bedrock himself, he has brought together veteran trumpeter/flugelhornist Ray Codrington and young alto/tenor saxophonist Brian Miller, along with pianist Gabe Evens and drummer Adonis Rose.

I did make the mistake of playing this in the car the first time, but I actually switched to another album after a few songs as I found that I really was starting to drift into a world that was surrounding me like a warm blanket, and that really isn’t desirable when driving! Now, playing this at night with a suitably sized Bombay gin & tonic and it was another matter altogether. In this environment it becomes an album that is sadly way too short at a tad under 75 minutes long, and I found myself either hitting the repeat or promising myself that I would play it again the next night as well. Originally released in 2012, it was repromoted at the beginning of 2014 and I am so glad that I came across this as it truly is a delight. www.brownboulevard.com

FREDDIE REDD Freddie Redd/Hampton Hawes - Piano: East/West (aka Move!)

Split · 1956 · Hard Bop
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“Piano East Piano West”, is an album from the mid-50s that presents two new pianists at the time, with one side given to Freddie Redd, and the other side to Hampton Hawes. Although this original release gave top billing to Redd, the mid- 60s re-issue titled “Move!” gave top billing to Hawes. This is an excellent LP that captures the sound of piano jazz in the mid-50s, still rooted in the bop innovations of Bud Powell, but also leaning towards the new hard bop sound that these guys, along with others like Horace Silver, will create. Between Redd and Hawes, Freddie is more apt to wear his Bud influences on his sleeve, sounding very much like Powell at times, although a little more lyrical and less given to flash. Hawes, on the other hand, has more of a unique sound with a lot of dissonant quirky edges that may remind some of Monk or possibly other odd stylists like Ahmad Jamal or Herbie Nichols. Along with their bop background, the other uniting factor for Redd and Hawes is that they are both very under-rated and overlooked performers, with neither getting near the acclaim as many of their contemporaries.

The Freddie Redd cuts feature the pianist with just bass and drums, while Hawes adds Larry Bunker on vibes to fill out his otherwise similar quartet. Redd tends to stretch out on his solos, taking many choruses, while Hawes and his group have that be-bop styled short and sassy approach to solos that leads to eight tunes on his side, to the four on Redd’s side. The addition of vibes to Hawes’ group makes for a unique sound, definitely leaning towards a more exotic west coast feel, but these guys are not ‘cool’, as they definitely work up a sweat on several tunes.

Both sides of this split LP are excellent, but Hawes’ sometimes off-the-wall approach to the piano, plus his colorful quartet sound and their short punchy tunes gives him the edge in a comparison. I doubt this was ever re-issued on CD, but this sort of older acoustic jazz sounds so much better on vinyl anyway. Modern digital production tends to smooth out all the rough edges and natural dissonances that make this music enjoyable in the first place.

YUSEF LATEEF The Golden Flute

Album · 1966 · Hard Bop
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I believe this is Yusef’s last album for the Impulse label, and he’s in a quartet formation with Lawson on piano, Wright on bass and Brooks on drums. The album features a bunch of covers of standards, which IMHO don’t exactly fit with the Impulse “New Thing” image – so allow me to take the “!” away from this review.

Opening with Road Runner (written by Yusef about life on the road), Lawson’s piano and Lateef’s sax bounce over each other to make it vibrant. The following Straighten up is a reprise of Nat Cole, and it will be joined a little later by Lester Young’s slow ballad Ghost Of A Chance and a bit later Exactly Like You (with a rare oboe). The album’s title only starts to fulfil its promise with the Yusef-penned Oasis, which features the flute and a light and slightly mysterious eastern (Arabian) ambiance.

The flipside opens on the promising Yusef-penned Golden Flute, built on a JS Bach inspiration, where the flute returns with a haunting mysterious aura. Lawson’s Head Hunters is a brilliant piano-dominated piece and the closing 7-mins+ Brooks-penned Smart Set is an outstanding modal piece with all members cruising along, just interrupted by a short drum solo, only to return to its haunting pace.

Unfortunately, while the album contains a few magic pieces, it’s rather clear that most (if not all) 60’s jazz label still didn’t know how to build an Album (yes, with a big “A”). This writer kind of wishes that all the covers of this album would’ve been grouped on one side; while the quartet’s original composition (much more interesting – and not just IMHO, I believe) would’ve made the flipside. Oh, yeah: this album’s major flaw is that it doesn’t feature enough of the instruments it draws attention to: two tracks only, even if they’re the best two of this slice of wax, it’s a little too few for my tastes.

KAZUTOKI UMEZU Another Step (with Mal Waldron)

Album · 1982 · Hard Bop
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Sax player Kazutoki Umezu came on Japanese jazz scene too late to participate in explosive introduction of free jazz in 1969-71.As a musical student he spent mid-70s in States playing around in New York lofts. Oliver Lake,Lester Bowie and David Murray were his influences. Still being a student he formed his first band Seikatsu Kōjyō Iinkai (with bassist William Parker and trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah among others), which recorded three loft-type free jazz albums. After return to Japan in 1976 Kazutoki tried to find a place for adventurous improvisational music what wasn't easy - it was a time of j-pop and j-fusion.

His first album as leader "Bamboo Village" was recorded in trio format (with legendary free-jazz percussionist Masahiko Togashi and American bassist David Friesen)and contained still same free jazz - no surprise it haven't been noticed in year 1980.Probably it pushed Kazutoki to quite unusual step - two years later he formed quartet with cult status in Japan having pianist Mal Waldron and recorded collection of five standards (incl."'Round Midnight")!"Another Step", Japan-only released album, stays Kazutoki's only hard bop album till now.

It would be not really correct to speak about "Another Step" as true mainstream album though. Differently from first generation Japanese free-jazzers known by their noisy,scratchy and often brutal,rock-influenced sound, Kazutoki's playing is closer to bluesy and tuneful free-bop.

"Another Step" was obviously oriented on traditional Mal Waldron's music Japanese listener and didn't add popularity to Kazutoki.Soon he will switch towards really new sound - mixing rock,avant-garde jazz,fusion,klezmer and funk - and will become the leading sax player of Japanese post-fusion generation.

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