Dark Grooves - Mystical Rhythms

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Barnes & Noble - Jim Macnie
Debut discs are supposed to explain an artist's breadth, and this first volley from pianist James Hurts hits a lot targets at once - - the guy's got scope. Of course that's meaningless if the music is overly random or willfully miscellaneous. But the 32-year-old Hurt proves himself an insightful segue dude on these 12 singular tracks. Working with a small army of musicians, he creates piano-based music that sustains its focus by steadily using the record's title as a thesis. Grooves and rhythms are primary here. Four of the day's best young drummers, including Nasheet Waits and Ari Hoenig, pepper the proceedings with all sorts of cadences. Hurt knows the strength of each ...
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Barnes & Noble - Jim Macnie
Debut discs are supposed to explain an artist's breadth, and this first volley from pianist James Hurts hits a lot targets at once - - the guy's got scope. Of course that's meaningless if the music is overly random or willfully miscellaneous. But the 32-year-old Hurt proves himself an insightful segue dude on these 12 singular tracks. Working with a small army of musicians, he creates piano-based music that sustains its focus by steadily using the record's title as a thesis. Grooves and rhythms are primary here. Four of the day's best young drummers, including Nasheet Waits and Ari Hoenig, pepper the proceedings with all sorts of cadences. Hurt knows the strength of each beat and plies them accordingly. That means soul maneuvers on "Orion's View," sideways funk on "Jupiter," and a swirl of Afro-Cuban tempos on "Waterfall." Even the sweeter moments, like the catchy "The Tree of Life," flaunt their intricacy. Hurt, the composer, makes his music enticing without dumbing down the action. Along the way he integrates avant mischief and mainstream designs, finding a way for a progressive rhapsody like "11 Dreams" to swing, swing, swing. There's only one moment of aping. "Venus" comes just too close to Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" to be acceptable. But overall this disc announces the arrival of an eccentric and stimulating new pianist.
All Music Guide
Pianist James Hurt is a very talented musician, and his solos show a superb ability to improvise in an original style. For this recording, he has assembled a variety of groups, ranging from duo to septet to showcase his talents. He sounds best with rhythm along or with his tenor saxophonist of choice, Jacques Schwartz-Bart. The one track with four horns alto saxophonist Sherman Irby, trumpeter Russell Gunn, tenor saxophonist Greg Tardy, and trombonist Robin Eubanks is largely wasted due to the unimaginative arrangement, and failure to take advantage of the individual talent. In a more intimate context, Hurt displays an unconventional individuality and an impressive quirkiness. His self-confident swagger delight and he shows a knack for choosing his notes carefully. ~ Steven A. Loewy
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/1999
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724349510425
  • Catalog Number: 95104

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Neptune (4:17)
  2. 2 The Tree of Life (5:55)
  3. 3 Waterfall (4:55)
  4. 4 Mars (4:33)
  5. 5 Jupiter (5:11)
  6. 6 Eleven Dreams (4:32)
  7. 7 Venus (4:19)
  8. 8 Dark Nines (5:11)
  9. 9 Faith (4:04)
  10. 10 Pyramids (5:16)
  11. 11 Orion's View (3:57)
  12. 12 Sun Day (6:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Hurt Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Percussion, Piano
Robin Eubanks Trombone
Antonio Hart Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Abraham Burton Alto Saxophone
Eric McPherson Drums
Greg Tardy Tenor Saxophone
Nasheet Waits Drums
Russell Gunn Trumpet
Sherman Irby Alto Saxophone
Ari Hoenig Drums
Dana Murray Drums
Eric Revis Bass
Jacques Schwarz-Bart Tenor Saxophone
Fran├žois Moutin Bass
Technical Credits
Brian Bacchus Executive Producer
Katsuhiko Naito Mastering
Tom Terrell Liner Notes
Dan Gellert Engineer
Eli Wolf Producer
James Hurt Producer, Liner Notes
Burton Yount Art Direction
David Baker Engineer
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