Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note

Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note

by Don Pullen
     
 

In 2012, pianist and organist Don Pullen's portion of the Black Saint catalog was tapped for the celebrated CAM Jazz/Black Saint/Soul Note reissue series. Pullen, who passed away during the spring of 1995, left a trail of intriguing albums, which resonate beautifully together in miniature LP jacket-styled packaging within the handsome, hand-sized box set. Prior to… See more details below

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In 2012, pianist and organist Don Pullen's portion of the Black Saint catalog was tapped for the celebrated CAM Jazz/Black Saint/Soul Note reissue series. Pullen, who passed away during the spring of 1995, left a trail of intriguing albums, which resonate beautifully together in miniature LP jacket-styled packaging within the handsome, hand-sized box set. Prior to attaining world-wide recognition as a feisty member of the Charles Mingus band during the early to mid-'70s, Pullen made his first records as a sideman with saxophonists Giuseppi Logan and Charles Williams, as well as legendary percussionist Sunny Murray, who had worked with Albert Ayler back in 1964 when Pullen sat in with Logan and Milford Graves on an ESP Disk recording session. But it was Mingus who brought out the best in Pullen, a passionate and at times ferocious performer who literally drew blood when he attacked the ivories as a member of the first Mingus Dynasty band in 1979. A definitive example of that technique is preserved on "Boogie Stop Shuffle," the opening track on Mingus Dynasty's Elektra album Chair in the Sky. Pullen would continue to work with fellow Mingus bandsmen for years to come. In fact, George Adams and Dannie Richmond helped him record an album for the Italian Horo label in 1975. That year also marked Pullen's debut appearance on Giacomo Pellicciotti's newly established Black Saint record label. Capricorn Rising brought Pullen into the studio with master improviser Sam Rivers (who played saxes and flute), bassist Alex Blake, and drummer Bobby Battle. Healing Force, which came out in 1976, was a solo effort, and had been prefigured by Pullen's 1975 Sackville release, pragmatically titled Solo Piano Album. Pullen's next unaccompanied recital LP, Evidence of Things Unseen, would appear on Black Saint in 1983. This introspective outing and Healing Force complement each other nicely while contrasting with the ensemble recordings in the set. Milano Strut was released in 1978, and paired Pullen with self-described sun percussionist Famoudou Don Moye. It was followed the next year by Magic Triangle, in which this duo became a potent trio with the addition of Moye's multi-instrumental colleague from the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Joseph Jarman. Warriors, which doesn't always register in discographies with Pullen as the leader, was issued in 1978. It features saxophonist Chico Freeman who by that time had come out with several earthshaking albums at the very cutting edge of modern jazz. The other half of the quartet heard on the aptly titled Warriors consisted of bassist Fred Hopkins and once again Bobby Battle. This superb compilation closes with The Sixth Sense, a 1985 release that brought Pullen, Hopkins, and Battle into creative collaboration with Mississippi trumpeter Olu Dara and rapidly rising New Orleans saxophonist Donald Harrison. Anyone seeking further examples of Pullen's activity as a Black Saint recording artist should look into David Murray's albums Children and Shakill's Warrior, as well as Pullen's live dates at the Village Vanguard with George Adams.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2012
Label:
Black Saint
UPC:
8052405140432
catalogNumber:
1017

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Break Out  - Don Pullen
  2. Capricorn Rising  - Don Pullen
  3. Joycie Girl  - Don Pullen
  4. Fall Out  - Don Pullen

Disc 2

  1. Pain Inside  - Don Pullen
  2. Tracey's Blues  - Don Pullen
  3. Healing Force  - Don Pullen
  4. Keep On Steppin'  - Don Pullen

Disc 3

  1. Warriors Dance: Little Don (Part 1)  - Don Pullen
  2. Warriors Dance: Little Don (Part 2)  - Don Pullen
  3. Lands of the Pharoahs  - Don Pullen

Disc 4

  1. Conversation  - Don Pullen
  2. Communication  - Don Pullen
  3. Milano Strut  - Don Pullen
  4. Curve Eleven  - Don Pullen

Disc 5

  1. Lonely Child  - Don Pullen
  2. J.F.M. - 3 Way Blues  - Don Pullen
  3. Hippy Dippy  - Don Pullen
  4. What Was Ain't  - Don Pullen

Disc 6

  1. Evidence of Things Unseen  - Don Pullen
  2. Victory Dance  - Don Pullen
  3. In the Beginning  - Don Pullen
  4. Perseverance  - Don Pullen
  5. Rejoice  - Don Pullen

Disc 7

  1. The Sixth Sense  - Don Pullen
  2. In the Beginning  - Don Pullen
  3. Tales From the Bright Side  - Don Pullen
  4. Gratitude  - Don Pullen
  5. All Is Well  - Don Pullen

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Pullen   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Chico Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Joseph Jarman   Clarinet,Alto Flute,Piccolo,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sam Rivers   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Fred Hopkins   Bass
Olu Dara   Trumpet
Bobby Battle   Drums,Tambourine
Alex Blake   Bass
Donald Harrison   Alto Saxophone
Famoudou Don Moye   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Bells

Technical Credits

Joseph Jarman   Composer
Don Pullen   Composer
Sam Rivers   Composer
Giancarlo Barigozzi   Engineer
Giovanni Bonandrini   Producer
Gennaro Carone   Engineer
Stanley Crouch   Liner Notes
Tony May   Engineer
Famoudou Don Moye   Composer
Giacomo Pellicciotti   Producer
Howard Mandel   Liner Notes
A.T. Michael MacDonald   Engineer
Niridan   Cover Art
Giuseppe Pino   Art Direction
Mitchell Seidel   Cover Photo
Carlo Martenet   Engineer
Frank Dean   Composer
Adriano Benedetti   Cover Art
Eugenio Ratiglia   Cover Photo
David Baker   Engineer
Carlo "Michel" Assalini   Engineer
"Gigi" Barbieri   Cover Design
Mario Convertino   Cover Art
Carlo Verri   Back Cover Photo

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