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Evening Song Good-bye Sweet John (in memory of John Foster) Field Holler Now I'll Sleep Genesis
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Alex Black on bass, Sonny Fortune on alto sax, Dee Dee Bridgewater on vocals, Billy Hart on drums, Stanley Cowell on piano, and others.|
Customer Reviews (5)
- "An Artist and Recording Definitely Worth Hearing!"Review by Big Toots
Trumpeter Charles Sullivan (who now goes under the name Kamau Muata Adilifu) is one of a handful, perhaps two handfuls of trumpeters that have everything going for them except notoriety. That’s truly sad because Sullivan, like a Dizzy Reece, Wilbur Harden or Bill Hardman from an earlier era, is a marvelously gifted trumpet artist. And that artistry is expressed in great emotional depth and grandeur in “Genesis,” Sullivan’s debut recording as a leader. And, it is a winner.
From the very first notes – an octave jump – in the intro to the Latinesque burner, “Evening Song,” one can tell that this is a trumpeter of significant talent and vision.
Sullivan is an extraordinary player and definitely carries the jazz goods – a robust and gorgeous sound (“Good-bye Sweet John”), classically-trained technique, chops, range, and a flair for the fiery (and funky). Like those who overshadowed him, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw (with whom Sullivan worked) Sullivan is a post Hard Bopper who doesn’t eschew his blue roots. Sullivan also can plumb emotion on slower fare. His duo take with pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs on the aforementioned ballad “Good-bye Sweet John” is almost classically rendered and is stunningly beautiful. Gumbs shines on the selection, by the way.
Sullivan composed all five selections on the album. As a writer, he delivers melodic platforms which are relatively easy to comprehend and that generate both beauty (the elegy “Good-bye Sweet John” and “Now I’ll Sleep,” a Strayhornesque take which is elegantly delivered by the great Dee Dee Bridgewater) and the high-energy excitement that launches his incredibly inventive solos and those of the fellow musicians here (“Field Holler”). That cut is a rocking call-and-response pressure cooker. The rhythm section on it steams. The title cut is an extended one which takes off on fire and explodes from there. Sullivan and altoist, Sonny Fortune blow the muscular melody and all Hell breaks loose.
“Genesis” is a superior debut effort by a truly extraordinary artist. Perhaps with this recording Sullivan (Adilifu) will get a closer listen and greater buzz. He has certainly earned and deserved it from this.
(Posted on 5/16/2015)
- Charles SullivanReview by Simon Sez
From 1974, this record also features Stanley Cowell, Sonny Fortune and Dee Dee Bridgewater (at the beginning of her career). The music is adventurous, especially a long version of “Genesis” that must have originally taken up the whole side of an Lp. Charles Sullivan plays very good throughout this set and this may very well be his greatest album.
Simon Sez: Charles Sullivan’s Genesis (IC1012) is probably the trumpeter’s greatest recording featuring adventurous jazz with well-known sidemen.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
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