Buddy Bolden's Rag

Buddy Bolden's Rag

by Malachi Thompson & Africa Brass
     
 

Malachi Thompson is impressive not only because of his talents as a composer and a soloist, but also because of his versatility. The Chicago trumpeter has no problem playing Blue Note-flavored hard bop/post-bop, but he's equally comfortable in avant-garde situations. Though Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, and …  See more details below

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Malachi Thompson is impressive not only because of his talents as a composer and a soloist, but also because of his versatility. The Chicago trumpeter has no problem playing Blue Note-flavored hard bop/post-bop, but he's equally comfortable in avant-garde situations. Though Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, and Freddie Hubbard are strong influences on Thompson, he has also learned a lot from Lester Bowie. In fact, Bowie is a featured guest on Buddy Bolden's Rag. This superb CD finds Thompson celebrating the contributions of New Orleans cornetist Buddy Bolden, one of jazz's pioneers and a major influence on such greats as King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. It has been argued that Bolden single-handedly "invented" jazz in the 1890s, and while it's a stretch to say that he invented jazz all by himself, he most certainly played a crucial role in its development. (Jelly Roll Morton, by the way, claimed to have "invented" jazz -- again, no one should take credit for single-handedly inventing it). On Buddy Bolden's Rag, Thompson and his band Africa Brass salute Bolden in an unconventional way; instead of playing traditional New Orleans jazz, they provide inside/outside post-bop that acknowledges Crescent City brass bands as well as avant-garde and AACM jazz. Thompson looks back on jazz's early history but does so without being the least bit dogmatic about it, and the result is a very enriching and unpredictable CD.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/1995
Label:
Delmark
UPC:
0038153048129
catalogNumber:
481
Rank:
149565

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Malachi Thompson & Africa Brass   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Malachi Thompson   Indexed Contributor,Trumpet,Horn,Soloist,Conch Shell
Lester Bowie   Soloist
Steve Berry   Trombone,Soloist
Kenny Anderson   Trumpet,Soloist
Harrison Bankhead   Bass
Ari Brown   Soloist
Richard Lawrence   Percussion
Zane Massey   Soloist
Bill McFarland   Trombone,Soloist
David Spencer   Trumpet,Soloist
Edwin Williams   Trombone,Soloist
Ray Ripperton   Trombone
Africa Brass   Group
Cuz   Percussion
Darryl Ervin   Drums

Technical Credits

Paul Serrano   Engineer
Malachi Thompson   Contributor,Liner Notes
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Africa Brass   Arranger
Kate Hoddinott   Art Direction
Steve Wagner   Producer

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