Buddy Bolden's Rag

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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: 6/27/1995
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153048129
  • Catalog Number: 481
  • Sales rank: 359,071

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Buddy Bolden's Rag (5:58)
  2. 2 World View (8:32)
  3. 3 The Chaser in Brazil (5:44)
  4. 4 We Bop (5:40)
  5. 5 Nubian Call (12:42)
  6. 6 The Chaser in America (8:49)
  7. 7 Kojo Time (7:17)
  8. 8 Harold the Great (9:49)
  9. 9 A Mouse in the House (6:43)
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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
Dr. 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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