Lew Tabackin - Dual Nature

This excellent album, originally issued in 1978 and available now for the first time on CD, showcases Lew Tabackin playing tenor saxophone and flute. He is joined by Don Friedman on piano, Bob Daugherty on bass, and Shelly Manne on waterphone, drums and bells. They play a mix of original material and classic tunes, giving each song a unique and thoroughly musical treatment. Manne describes Lew's playing enthusiastically -- "He has deep roots. I love the way he plays and the feeling he generates. And the ears he has ... he plays with you. He treats his two instruments very creatively but differently. He drives very hard on tenor and flute but definitely has a whole other feeling on flute."

This album provides a wonderful look at the dual natures of Lew Tabackin.

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Euterpe Yellow is Mellow Out Of This World No Dues Blues My Ideal Russian Lullaby

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Format: Jazz Record
Soloist/Artist Lew Tabackin
Instruments Music and Musicians
Composer No
Accompanist/ Conductor Don Friedman on piano, Bob Daugherty on bass, and Shelly Manne on waterphone, drums and bells
SKU IC1028


Customer Reviews (2)

"Brilliant Duality"Review by Big Toots
IC 1028 Dual Nature Lew Tabackin

As somewhat of a Greek geek myself, if Lew Tabackin didn’t have me with the mythological title of this recording’s first cut – “Euterpe,” the Greek Muse of Music and flautist, his first gorgeous notes of this unique recording certainly did. It’s a fascinating perspective of a multi-faceted woodwind artist.

Dividing this fine session into two three-tune segments – one group where he’s on flute and the other segment on tenor saxophone – Tabackin shows he’s a Titan himself, one simultaneously of power and beauty. While not to be confused with over-blowing, Tabackin’s flute-playing tone is extremely robust, yet full of color (“Euterpe”). If I didn’t know it was Lew on Toshiko’s composition “Yellow is Mellow,” I’d “blindfold test” it as being another great saxman-flute player, Jerome Richardson. When Lew stretches out flittering and fluttering on flute on the exotic-sounding “Out of This World,” he demos that he’s got superb technical chops and can mine improv gold.

When Tabackin is back “vertical” on tenor, there’s no let-up in the muscularity. To kick things off he duels alone with Shelly Manne, then breaks out with the full crew in tow on the burner, “No Dues Blues.” Tabackin is a hard-hitter on tenor right out of the Johnny Griffin kitchen. Tabackin shows he can slow things down and salute the old-timers - with a rather over-the-top take on “My Ideal.” His fierce, modal take on “Russian Lullabye” is all over the textural map, as Tabackin flies brazenly sans net over Berlin. It’s a virtuosic take.

The rhythm section of pianist, Don Friedman, bassist Bob Daugherty and drummer Shelly Manne are superb in their accompaniment and soloing. Friedman, always a solo star, shines bright here swinging with Daughtery and Manne heavily (“No Dues Blues,”“Out of this World,” “Russian Lullabye”). Daugherty and Manne hole up and stir the flame where needed.

“Dual Nature” is a portrait of an artist who is sits on the axis of brilliance and shines on the axes themselves. Ms. Euterpe certainly approves and was last seen practicing and taking up Tabackin.
(Posted on 5/25/2015)
Dual NatureReview by Simon Sez
Sometimes I think that there must be two Lew Tabackins. One is a hard-charging tenor-saxophonist who can play endless solos at fast speeds, and who all but the most hearty would not want to battle in a jam session. The another Lew Tabackin is a sensitive flute player usually heard on exotic ballads and who sounds like he could be from Japan.

Dual Nature proves that there is only one Lew Tabackin, at least only one is pictured on the cover! On tenor he is as ferocious as ever but, to throw in a curve ball, some of his flute playing is heard on fast material too. There is no shortage of energy or ideas on this hot quartet date which includes Shelly Manne on drums.

Simon Sez: The two Lew Tabackins, a big-toned tenor and an exotic flutist, are featured throughout Dual Nature (IC 1028), one of his great recordings.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)

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