Emperor March: Live at the Blue Note

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
After recording a number of albums during the 1960s and '70s, trumpeter Charles Tolliver waited nearly two decades to record as a leader before he released his striking big-band date With Love in 2007. This 2009 release, recorded live at the Blue Note, is a potent follow-up, though with substantial changes in personnel. His exotic, dramatic "On the Nile" might suggest the influence of McCoy Tyner's works of the '70s, though it was premiered in 1965 by Jackie McLean and previously recorded by its composer in a big-band setting a few years later. This updated version showcases tenorist Marcus Strickland, pianist Stanley Cowell, and the leader in a fiery performance. Tolliver's...
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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
After recording a number of albums during the 1960s and '70s, trumpeter Charles Tolliver waited nearly two decades to record as a leader before he released his striking big-band date With Love in 2007. This 2009 release, recorded live at the Blue Note, is a potent follow-up, though with substantial changes in personnel. His exotic, dramatic "On the Nile" might suggest the influence of McCoy Tyner's works of the '70s, though it was premiered in 1965 by Jackie McLean and previously recorded by its composer in a big-band setting a few years later. This updated version showcases tenorist Marcus Strickland, pianist Stanley Cowell, and the leader in a fiery performance. Tolliver's imaginative scoring of brass and reeds in his "Emperor March," makes it a hip tune that begins as a march but detours into several different avenues, featuring potent solos by alto saxophonist Todd Bashore, the promising young trombonist Michael Dease, and pianist Anthony Wonsey. Tolliver takes over the solo spotlight in "Chedlike," a perky tribute from the '80s to his then-young son, though this is surprisingly its premiere recording. Billy Harper shines on tenor in Tolliver's passionate setting of Billy Eckstine's ballad "I Want to Talk About You," a piece forever associated with John Coltrane's famous live recording, which Harper can't possibly avoid alluding to in part. Beautifully recorded and mixed with an attentive audience, this is an essential release for modern big-band aficionados.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Halfnote Records
  • UPC: 616892453925
  • Catalog Number: 4539

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 On the Nile (13:34)
  2. 2 I Want to Talk About You (7:06)
  3. 3 Emperor March (13:51)
  4. 4 Chedlike (5:35)
  5. 5 In the Trenchies (10:02)
  6. 6 Toughin' (11:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Tolliver Primary Artist, Trumpet, Conductor, Soloist
Stanley Cowell Piano, Soloist
Billy Harper Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Bill Saxton Clarinet, Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Gene Jackson Drums
Reggie Workman Bass
David Weiss Trumpet
Bruce Williams Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ernest Stewart Trombone
Anthony Wonsey Piano, Soloist
Aaron Johnson Bass Trombone
Jason Jackson Trombone, Soloist
Marcus Strickland Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Stafford Hunter Trombone
Michael Williams Trumpet
Keyon Harrold Trumpet, Soloist
Todd Bashore Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Michael Dease Trombone
Aaron J. Johnson Bass Trombone
Ernest Stewart Trombone
Cameron Johnson Trumpet
Jason Marshall Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Billy Eckstine Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Michael Cuscuna Liner Notes
Steven Remote Engineer
Charles Tolliver Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestration, Audio Production
Jeff Levenson Producer, Audio Production
Steven Bensusan Executive Producer
Jon D'Uva Digital Editing
Molly Gobel Art Direction
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