Thursday, December 24, 2015

MUSIC INC. – Live At Slugs' Volume 1 (LP-1972)




Label: Strata-East – SES-1972
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: US / Released: 1972
Style: Hard Bop, Free Improvisation
Recorded on May 1, 1970 at Slugs' in New York City.
Design [Graphic] – Vuca Graphics
Engineer – Orville O'Brien
Photography By – Wallace Hewitt
Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched Runout): SES 1972 A S/W
Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched Runout): SES 1972 B S/W

A1 - Drought ............................................................................................ 9:04
         (Written-By – Tolliver)
A2 - Felicite ............................................................................................. 8:05
         (Written-By – McBee)
B  -  Orientale ......................................................................................... 17:34
         (Written-By – Cowell)

Personnel:
Charles Tolliver – trumpet
Stanley Cowell – piano
Cecil McBee – bass
Jimmy Hopps – drums, percussion

Live at Slugs' is a live album by Music Inc. led by American jazz trumpeter Charles Tolliver recorded in 1970 and released as two separate volumes on the Strata-East label.


Strata East recordings are quite difficult to acquire, which is unfortunate considering their high quality. Charles Tolliver was one of the great trumpeters to emerge during the late '60s yet has always been vastly underrated. on this quartet set with pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Jimmy Hopps, Tolliver has a real chance to stretch out. The 17-minute "Orientale" is particularly memorable. The music straddles the boundary between advanced hard bop and the avant-garde and rewards repeated listenings.

Charles Tolliver is my all time favourite trumpet player in jazz. He is simply awesome has a full brassy tone and perfect technique yet is almost unheard of except amongst devoted jazz fans. His name crops up on a number of LP's as a sideman but it was with his own ensemble, Music Inc. that he really shines. Music Inc. were group set up by Tolliver and pianist Stanley Cowell to preserve acoustic jazz traditions in the seventies and as a flagship act for their own new label Strata East. The Live at Slugs' date was spread over two volumes. Volume 1 and Volume 2 features per three tracks, each penned by different members of the group.



Where have you gone, Charles Tolliver? There was such promise in the concept of Music Inc., and in Strata East, but evidently the music world's attention was elsewhere and this tremendous live set was probably heard by only a few hundred sets of ears. On the back of the record sleeve, Tolliver undersigned his mission statement: "Music Inc. was created out of the desire to assemble men able to see the necessity for survival of a heritage and an Art in the hopes that the sacrifices and high level of communication between them will eventually reach every soul." And he isn't kidding. You won't find a much higher level of communication than he, Cecil McBee, Stanley Cowell, and Jimmy Hopps engaged in on May 1, 1970 at Slugs' in New York City. This was much more than an attempt to merely 'preserve acoustic jazz' as in the stilted Marsalis vein. This was an attempt to preserve a measure of authenticity while maintaining the notion of forward-thinking, present-tense improvised music. They deserved a greater response than the lukewarm, sparse applause they received that night, and continue to deserve a far more cognizant audience for their efforts.

MUSIC INC. ‎– Live At Slugs' Volume II (LP-1973)




Label: Strata-East – SES-19720
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold / Country: US / Released: 1973
Style: Hard Bop, Free Improvisation
Recorded on May 1, 1970 at Slugs' in New York City.
Design [Graphic] – Vuca Graphics
Engineer – Orville O'Brien
Photography By – Wallace Hewitt
Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched Runout): SES 19720 A S/W
Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched Runout): SES 19720 B S/W

A1 – Spanning .......................................................................................... 8:30
         Written-By – Charles Tolliver
A2 - Wilpan's .......................................................................................... 10:37
         Written-By – Cecil McBee
B  -  Our Second Father .......................................................................... 13:26
         (Dedicated To The Memory Of John Coltrane)
         Written-By – Charles Tolliver

Personnel:
Charles Tolliver – trumpet
Stanley Cowell – piano
Cecil McBee – bass
Jimmy Hopps – drums, percussion




Through its duration, the music on Live at Slugs' is often riveting and incessantly compelling. Hopps is a great to me in this performans, but the other three players featured here are some of the all-time underrated presences in the jazz pantheon, and they play nothing short of masterfully. Always a presence on his recordings, Tolliver demonstrates tremendous range, flair, and command as a trumpeter and leader. Had he not come along at a time when pure jazz was falling out of favor, I have to believe his name (along with Woody Shaw's) would be every bit as prolific as Freddie Hubbard's or Lee Morgan's; the same holds for the always brilliant and expressive McBee on bass.


I feel saddened that Music Inc. fell so far short of "eventually reach[ing] every soul" - yet fortunate that it eventually reached mine.

Volumes 1 & 2 of this concert are definitely among the greatest live Jazz recordings you can hear... These adventurous recordings have the unexpected effect of reminding me of the live Jaki Byard albums I love so much because the piano is slightly out of tune and/or miked improperly.


Merry Christmasgentlemen!       Enjoy!


If you find them, buy these albums!

24 comments:

  1. MUSIC INC. – Live At Slugs' Volume 1 (LP-1972)
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    MUSIC INC. – Live At Slugs' Volume 2 (LP-1973)
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  2. Thank You Vitko!
    Best gift :)

    Merry Christmas to u 2.

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  3. I really like this group. I try to listen to everything they encounter . A nice Christmas present.
    Thank you so much.
    Merry Christmas.

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  4. Thank you very much for the wonderful jazz music you've been making available here, Happy Xmas and New Year to you ,cheers JC

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  5. Chiquilicuatre y ZappaDecember 25, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    MANY THANKS

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  6. Omigod thank you thank you thank you

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  7. Many thanks Vitko and all the best

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  8. Merry Xmas, Vitko! And many thanks for Tolliver :)

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  9. love Strata East - was lucky to see reformed Music Inc in downtown NYC in early 2000s - hardly anyone there - no one paying attention sadly - wish they'd play New York again - they've been playing in Europe a lot and there's a full concert from 2014 in germany on youtube etc - if anyone has em in flac please post the two PIANO CHOIR albums - Stanley at the top of his powers on those... also always looking for any BILL LEE - under-rated composer

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  10. Splendid Xmas gifts ! Thank you Vitko !

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  11. Do you by any chance have this in mp3? Thanks!

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    1. I'm sorry, but I for a long time do not work in the MP3 format. Try to do it yourself, it is not difficult.
      All the best.

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    2. It's really easy -- I do it, so you know it's easy -- using a free program called Freac (used to be called BonkEnc Audio Encoder).

      Also, another free program called Foobar can do it (and a lot more too), but it's buried among many many more uses, and sometimes I can't find it and I have to look it up in the Help files. If you only want to convert flac to mp3 (or wav to mp3, etc), Freac is probably your best bet.

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  12. Thanks guys, very easy program to use. Cheers and thanks vitko.

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  13. Thanks very much, and the best of the New Year to you.

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  14. Also a Tolliver fan -- but haven't been able to find a good quality copy of his first, PAPER MAN, for love nor money. Do you have that one, by any chance?

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    1. Yes, I have "Paper Man", for a few days I'll put a link here.
      Cheers.

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    2. Many thanks -- I look forward to it.

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  15. great stuff...hats off, thank you...

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