Tuesday, June 10, 2014

DAVE BURRELL – High Won - High Two (2LP-1976)

Label: Arista – AL 1906, Freedom – AL 1906
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album; Country: US - Released: 1976
Style: Free Improvisation, Free Jazz
Recorded in New York City, 6th February 1968 except East Side Colors (9th September 1968)
Art Director – Bob Heimall
Artwork [Cover Art] – Benno Friedman
Design – Nancy Greenberg
Liner Notes – Stanley Crouch
Photography By – Raymond Ross
Producer – Alan Douglas
Producer [Additional Production] – Michael Cuscuna

"High Won-High Two" is the second studio album released by jazz pianist Dave Burrell. It was recorded on February 9, 1968 and was first released as an LP record later that year by Black Lion Records.

A  -  West Side Story (Medley) . . . 19:48
        (Arranged By – D. Burrell, Composed By – L. Bernstein)
B1 - Oozi Oozi . . . 3:11
B2 - Bittersweet Reminiscence . . . 3:45
B3 - Bobby And Si . . . 2:13
B4 - Dave Blue . . . 2:37
B5 - Margie Pargie (A.M. Rag) . . . 3:02
C  -  East Side Colors . . . 15:52
D  -  Theme Stream Medley . . . 15:35
        a. Dave Blue
        b. Bittersweet Reminiscence
        c. Bobby And Si
        d. Margie Pargie (A.M. Rag)
        e. Oozi Oozi
        f. Inside Ouch

DAVE BURRELL – Piano, Composed, Arranger
SIRONE (Norris Jones) – Bass
BOBBY KAPP – Drums (tracks: A to B5, D)
SUNNY MURRAY – Drums (track: C)

Dave Burrell has long been a favorite pianist for his remarkable ability to play across stylistic boundaries in jazz. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1965 with a degree in composition, arranging and performance, Burrell dedicated himself to the pursuit of creative music that combines his dual talents as composer and free jazz improviser, performing alongside artists such as Marion Brown, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and David Murray. Few pianists have so successfully and consistently performed improvised music containing influences ranging from Jelly Roll Morton, Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington to classical composers such as Puccini—see Burrell's LP, "La Vie de Boheme" (BYG/Get Back Records, 1969) and this a front of you, Leonard Bernstein trio LP "High Won-High Two" (Douglas/Black Lion, 1968 - Arista/Freedom, 1976) with Sirone and Sunny Murray. His predecessor, pianist Jaki Byard was similarly able to seamlessly employ the entire history of jazz in a single solo with Charles Mingus' 1964 sextet...

... Dave Burrell has long had a highly original style on piano, not quite outside but far from conventional. This LP, a trio set with bassist Sirone and either Bobby Kapp or Sonny Murray on drums. Most intriguing is a 19½-minute "West Side Story Medley" that features Burrell playing many of the songs from Leonard Bernstein's work in abstract fashion. There is also the lengthy "East Side Colors," five brief (around three-minutes apiece) versions of five of Burrell's originals and the "Theme Stream Medley" which has reprises of the five songs plus a sixth piece ("Inside Ouch").
_ By Scott Yanow

Extremely good set.

If you find it, buy this album!


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    1. New link:

      DAVE BURRELL – High Won - High Two (2LP-1976)
      Vinyl Rip - FLAC+Artwork


  2. This is the first Dave Burrell album I heard after hearing him on an earlier Archie Shepp record. I am looking forward to hearing it again. Many thanks.


    1. I constantly find information that Burrell recorded his first album in 1965 for Douglas Music, LP "High", the first version (or part) of this album from 1968/76 (I unfortunately do not have that album, so I can not check this data). Anyway not much essentially, we all agree that this is an excellent and very important album.

  3. Nice post. Got this on the cheap in the bargain rack in 1977 I think, same Arista/Freedom version. Thanks for the rip. My turntable is out of action.

  4. Hi Vitko.
    Looking forward to this. I saw DB with a large group led by William Parker a couple of years back and he was incredible, unlike anyone else Ive ever heard, so unpredictable, and yet somehow so RIGHT.
    Parker introduced him as "one of the music's original gangstas".

    1. Yes, I think you're talking, if memory serves, on William Parker "Essential Orchestra", they held a concert in Milan and some other cities at 2012, "A tribute to Duke Ellington". More of twenty musicians participated in this project, among others, Rob Brown, Darius Jones, Roy Campbell ... and of course Dave Barrell. You're right, Burrell has always been and still is somehow special.

    2. Thank you for posting this, Vitko, and thank you too for the additional information on DB's discography.

  5. Many thanks, Vitko! Rare masterpiece!