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Euterpe Yellow is Mellow Out Of This World No Dues Blues My Ideal Russian Lullaby
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Don Friedman on piano, Bob Daugherty on bass, and Shelly Manne on waterphone, drums and bells|
Customer Reviews (2)
- "Brilliant Duality"Review by Big Toots
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
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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