Jazz Alchemy

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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Most of these abstract pieces by Heiner Stadler were originally recorded and released back in the 1970s. Stadler doesn't play on them, leaving that task to some of the finest avant-garde jazzers. The "Jazz Alchemy" suite, in six parts, is performed by trumpeter Charles McGhee, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Brian Brake. "Three Problems," a single composition presented in five different versions, is played twice by the duo of bassist Reggie Workman and pianist Marilyn Crispell and three times by the solo pianist Joshua Pierce. The duo pieces were recorded in 1988. For the purpose of this CD reissue, Stadler combines "Jazz Alchemy" and "Three Problems" to form a sort ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Most of these abstract pieces by Heiner Stadler were originally recorded and released back in the 1970s. Stadler doesn't play on them, leaving that task to some of the finest avant-garde jazzers. The "Jazz Alchemy" suite, in six parts, is performed by trumpeter Charles McGhee, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Brian Brake. "Three Problems," a single composition presented in five different versions, is played twice by the duo of bassist Reggie Workman and pianist Marilyn Crispell and three times by the solo pianist Joshua Pierce. The duo pieces were recorded in 1988. For the purpose of this CD reissue, Stadler combines "Jazz Alchemy" and "Three Problems" to form a sort of meta-suite. Devoid of harmonic structure, the music is an encounter between free jazz and serialist composition. It's all rather ingenious: the changing ensemble formats, the two works telescoped together, and the subtle intervallic relationships that Stadler uses as a basis for each movement. There's a point, however, where Stadler's ingenuity ends and that of the players begins. These instrumental masters of the avant-garde are the real attraction here. The weighty low-end ruminations of the bassists, Davis and Workman, are particularly sagacious.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2000
  • Label: Labor Records
  • UPC: 790987702423
  • Catalog Number: 7024
  • Sales rank: 311,692

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jazz Alchemy: Still Beebop - Charles McGhee (6:16)
  2. 2 Three Problems - Reggie Workman (5:11)
  3. 3 Jazz Alchemy: The Nod - Charles McGhee (3:52)
  4. 4 Three Problems - Joshua Pierce (3:29)
  5. 5 Jazz Alchemy: Out-Rock - Charles McGhee (8:45)
  6. 6 Jazz Alchemy: Self-Portrait - Charles McGhee (5:40)
  7. 7 Three Problems - Joshua Pierce (6:06)
  8. 8 Jazz Alchemy: Brooding - Charles McGhee (10:30)
  9. 9 Three Problems - Reggie Workman (4:46)
  10. 10 Jazz Alchemy: Latin Gretchen - Charles McGhee (5:37)
  11. 11 Three Problems - Joshua Pierce (9:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Heiner Stadler Primary Artist
Richard Davis Track Performer
Marilyn Crispell Piano
Joshua Pierce Piano
Brian Brake Drums
Charles McGhee Trumpet
Reggie Workman Bass
Technical Credits
Heiner Stadler Producer
Tom Lazarus Engineer, Mastering
Tony May Engineer
Howard Mandel Liner Notes
Eric Salzman Liner Notes
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