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Reava's Waltz Ted's Tempo Song of the Lonely Airi's Tune Searchin' for the Blues Marjo
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Bass, David Friesen, Congas, Sam Jacobs, Drums, Bob Merigliano, Steve McCall, Aimée Chiarello* Flute, Saxophone [Alto] Nat Hentoff, Piano, Andy LaVerne, Jim McNeely, Saxophone [Baritone] Nick Brignola Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Trumpet [Piccolo], Cowbell|
Customer Reviews (2)
- A Joy!Review by Big Toots
“Jubilant Power” is about as accurate a description of the late Ted Curson’s playing - and approach to same - as can be. For while he never received the accolades as did contemporaries, Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard, jazzers and trumpeters in the know will tell you that Curson was a cooker who could straddle the Hard Bop and freer improv styles with power, grace and a phenom’s technique. All three of those admirable traits are present on this home-run of a recording.
Curson, pedigreed in the Philadelphia trumpet mold, as were Lee Morgan, Randy Brecker, Nick Marchione, Wilmer Wise, and many other non-trumpet jazz greats, is on high-octane throughout the session. He leads two sessions here – one live and a second studio date on consecutive days – each with a different rhythm section. “Reava’s Waltz” (dedicated to Ted’s Mother) kicks things off with a 12/8 Gospel-blues burner that unabashedly shades “Better Get It in Your Soul” of Charles Mingus, with whom Curson starred. Curson flies into his horn’s stratosphere throwing flame as do bari sax heavyweight, Nick Brignola and altoist, Chris Woods. Curson, who never met a prestissimo tempo he didn’t like – or nail – shows he’s just as quick and inventive as Woody and Freddie on “Ted’s Tempo.” Again, Brignola’s baritone lights up, as do the superlative rhythm section.
The in-studio takes here are superb, as well. Curson’s luscious horn butters up his original ballad, “Song of the Lonely” with his light-speed riffs alternating with more mellow, seductive tonal fare. It’s a gorgeous display. Curson was a household jazz name in Finland and performed there annually at the Pori Jazz Festival. Thus, “Airi’sTune,” a Latin speedball with a Finnish name. Here, Ted is at his best, fingers flying and generating brilliant ribbons of creativity. Brignola’s ballsy bari strikes here again, thundering on the deep-throated axe like a Viking madman. The rhythm section could be charged with arson on this one. “Searchin’ for the Blues” has Monk’s “Let’s Cool One” to thank – because it is very. Alto man, Chris Woods finds blue and gives it to us there brilliantly. The slower-grooved “Marjo” ends the date on a soulful and thoughtful note where Curson shines saluting his wife.
“Jubiliant Power” presents not only a great trumpeter, but also, a superior group of musicians wherein each artist leaves it all creatively on the bandstand. That takes awesome creative power and energy. The jubilance is what a listen to this superior recording will evoke from you.
(Posted on 5/6/2015)
- Jubilant PowerReview by Simon Susskind
Jubilant Power has Curson in 1976 playing in a club with such jazz stars as Nick Brignola, Jim McNeely, Andy LaVerne and Dave Friesen. Curson is swinging throughout, is featured on the ballad “Song Of The Lonely,” and some of the music, especially “Ted’s Tempo” and “Airi’s Tune,” is really fiery. This is an obscure album that deserves to be heard.
Simon Sez: Ted Curson’s Jubilant Power (IC1017) has the trumpeter sounding great in 1976 with a strong band and inspiring originals. (Posted on 5/6/2014)
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