Flight of the Blue Jay

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
During the 20 years that preceded this set, Paul Motian had led some of the most intriguing jazz groups around. For this project, his "Electric Bebop Band" consists of two tenors Chris Potter and Chris Cheek, two guitars Kurt Rosenwinkel and Brad Schoeppach, bassist Steve Swallow, and the leader himself on drums. With the exception of Motian's opening selection and a pair of originals by Rosenwinkel, the repertoire consists of three songs by Thelonious Monk and one tune apiece from Bud Powell, Miles Davis, George Shearing, Charlie Parker, and Rodgers & Hart. Essentially a straight-ahead bebop date, the most unusual aspect of the set which unfortunately has no liner ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
During the 20 years that preceded this set, Paul Motian had led some of the most intriguing jazz groups around. For this project, his "Electric Bebop Band" consists of two tenors Chris Potter and Chris Cheek, two guitars Kurt Rosenwinkel and Brad Schoeppach, bassist Steve Swallow, and the leader himself on drums. With the exception of Motian's opening selection and a pair of originals by Rosenwinkel, the repertoire consists of three songs by Thelonious Monk and one tune apiece from Bud Powell, Miles Davis, George Shearing, Charlie Parker, and Rodgers & Hart. Essentially a straight-ahead bebop date, the most unusual aspect of the set which unfortunately has no liner notes, so individual soloists are not identified is that there are many sections where two different players solo together. Usually it is the two tenors or both of the guitarists, but occasionally it's a tenor and a guitarist. Everyone plays well, but nothing really that unexpected occurs. The songs are superior; the highlights include Powell's "Celia," a medium-slow "Blue Room," "Milestones" the 1947 song, and Monk's "Work." But overall, this date falls short of being memorable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • Label: Winter & Winter
  • UPC: 025091000920
  • Catalog Number: 9
  • Sales rank: 194,404

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Flight of the Blue Jay - Paul Motian & the Electric Bebop Band (3:05)
  2. 2 Pannonica - Paul Motian & the Electric Bebop Band (4:31)
  3. 3 Brad's Bag - Paul Motian & the Electric Bebop Band (5:48)
  4. 4 Celiaus - Paul Motian & the Electric Bebop Band (5:04)
  5. 5 The Blue Room - Paul Motian & the Electric Bebop Band (2:49)
  6. 6 Milestones - Paul Motian & the Electric Bebop Band (4:27)
  7. 7 Light Blue - Paul Motian & the Electric Bebop Band (3:02)
  8. 8 Conception - Paul Motian & the Electric Bebop Band (5:28)
  9. 9 East Coast - Paul Motian & the Electric Bebop Band (5:33)
  10. 10 Barbados - Paul Motian & the Electric Bebop Band (3:07)
  11. 11 Work - Paul Motian & the Electric Bebop Band (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Motian Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Drums
Steve Swallow Electric Bass
Chris Potter Tenor Saxophone
Brad Shepik Electric Guitar
Chris Cheek Tenor Saxophone
Electric Bebop Band Track Performer
Technical Credits
Joe Ferla Engineer
Stefan F. Winter Producer
Lesley Schiff Art Direction
Adrian von Ripka Engineer
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