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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Altoist Arthur Blythe has always loved to play in unusual instrumental settings. His soulful sound and adventurous style are quite flexible and they sound right at home in this set with Gust William Tsilis on bass marimba, Bob Stewart on tuba, and drummer Cecil Brooks III. The performances are lyrical and often melodic, but searching and unpredictable. Blythe contributed eight of the dozen songs including "Opus 1," "My Son Ra," and "Bubbles" in addition to digging into "C.C. Rider," Thelonious Monk's obscure "Children's Song," "Stuffy Turkey," and "In a Sentimental Mood." In grooves ranging from New Orleans to R&B-ish, along with freer explorations, this is a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Altoist Arthur Blythe has always loved to play in unusual instrumental settings. His soulful sound and adventurous style are quite flexible and they sound right at home in this set with Gust William Tsilis on bass marimba, Bob Stewart on tuba, and drummer Cecil Brooks III. The performances are lyrical and often melodic, but searching and unpredictable. Blythe contributed eight of the dozen songs including "Opus 1," "My Son Ra," and "Bubbles" in addition to digging into "C.C. Rider," Thelonious Monk's obscure "Children's Song," "Stuffy Turkey," and "In a Sentimental Mood." In grooves ranging from New Orleans to R&B-ish, along with freer explorations, this is a continually colorful set of high-quality music.
Absolute Sound
His savviest and most swinging album in at least a decade.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2002
  • Label: Savant
  • UPC: 633842204420
  • Catalog Number: 2044
  • Sales rank: 140,992

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opus (6:52)
  2. 2 Children's Song (3:18)
  3. 3 C.C. Rider (4:58)
  4. 4 Once Again (2:53)
  5. 5 My Son Ra (8:09)
  6. 6 Hip Toe (6:20)
  7. 7 Night Song (6:50)
  8. 8 Bubbles (3:16)
  9. 9 Stuffy Turkey (5:00)
  10. 10 Night Creeper (5:19)
  11. 11 In a Sentimental Mood (7:58)
  12. 12 Focus (1:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arthur Blythe Primary Artist
Chico Freeman Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Cecil Brooks III Producer
Tadd Dameron Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
Sy Oliver Composer
Chick Corea Composer
Joe Fields Executive Producer
Katsuhiko Naito Engineer, Mastering
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin Composer
Charles Strouse Composer
Bill Milkowski Liner Notes
Jack Frisch Art Direction
John Hurt Composer
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