Locked & Loaded: Live at the Blue Note

Locked & Loaded: Live at the Blue Note

by Odean Pope


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Locked & Loaded: Live at the Blue Note

The Odean Pope Saxophone Choir, led by tenor saxophonist and composer/arranger Odean Pope, consists of nine saxophonists plus a rhythm section and occasional guest saxophonists, heard over the course of several nights at the Blue Note. The powerful, straight-ahead "Epitome" introduces the reeds alone at first, with the leader's moving solo being unaccompanied and the rhythm section finally added near its conclusion. Michael Brecker is the guest soloist in the furious post-bop vehicle "Prince Lasha," while Joe Lovano is showcased in the soulful ballad "Cis" and the turbulent, somewhat mysterious "Terrestrial," which alternates between post-bop and free jazz. Pope's scoring of two John Coltrane compositions is breathtaking. "Central Park West" suggest a leisurely stroll in Manhattan on a breezy autumn day (featuring soloists Julian Pressley and Louis Taylor on alto saxophones, though the intense "Coltrane Time" spotlights both Brecker and Pope). The infectious closer is the infectious "Muntu Chant," with a wailing tenor solo by James Carter. This band must have been a treat to see in person, but this well-mixed recording essentially gives the listener a front-row table. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/14/2006
Label: Halfnote Records
UPC: 0616892452621
catalogNumber: 4526

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Odean Pope   Primary Artist,Tenor (Vocal)
Michael Brecker   Guest Appearance
Joe Lovano   Guest Appearance
Tyrone Brown   Bass
George Burton   Piano
James Carter   Guest Appearance
Robert Landham   Alto,Alto (Vocal)
Craig McIver   Drums
Julian Pressley   Alto,Alto (Vocal)
Joe Sudler   Baritone (Vocal)
Louis Taylor   Alto
Terry Lawson   Tenor (Vocal)
Louis Taylor   Alto (Vocal)
Elliott Levin   Tenor (Vocal)
Terrence Brown   Tenor (Vocal)
Joe Sudler   Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Odean Pope   Arranger,Composer
Ornette Coleman   Liner Notes
John Coltrane   Composer
Steven Remote   Engineer
Jeff Levenson   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Odean Pope Saxophone Choir   Contributor
Steven Bensusan   Executive Producer
Molly Gobel   Art Direction

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