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Daniel, Ted: Ted Daniel Sextet (Ujamaa Records)

Released on trumpeter Ted Daniel's own Ujamaa record label, this impressive free jazz album, in a sextet with two bassists (Richard Pierce and Hakim Jami), two percussionists (Kenneth Hughes and Warren Benbow), Otis Harris on alto sax, and Daniel himse on trumpet, flugelhorn, french horn & bugle, performing two pieces from Harris, and three pieces by Daniel.
 

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Otis Harris-alto saxophone

Hakim Jami-bass

Richard Pierce-bass

Kenneth Hughes-percussion

Warren Benbow-percussion

Ted Daniel-trumpet, flugelhorn, french horn, bugle


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UPC: 611357614521

Label: Ujamaa Records
Catalog ID: U-1001-A
Squidco Product Code: 28112

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock Sleeve , sealed
Recorded at Columbia University, in Manhattan, New York, on October 15th, 1970, by Mark Cyder.

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"Fragile fragments and brittle smears make up much of the trumpet's language in creative music, and the 1970s saw an influx of important voices on the instrument, expanding on the innovations of their reed-playing brethren. Among them were Earl Cross, Raphe Malik, Eddie Gale, Butch Morris and Ted Daniel, a childhood friend of Sonny Sharrock who made his first appearance on the guitarist's Vortex LP Black Woman (specifically, the staggering "Portrait of Linda in Three Colors, All Black ).

Daniel worked in the '70s with drummer Andrew Cyrille (check their amazing duo on the 1976 IPS LP Junction), as well as saxophonists Dewey Redman and Sam Rivers; he also led massive-sounding small groups of his own, released by his own Ujamaa imprint and the French Sun label. His phrases are bright and direct, their vocal smears and guttural wails never without grounding in the language of what he's saying. Sometimes, as on "Pagan Spain and "O.C., Daniel creates sounds not unlike a conch or a flute; he would later expand on his colorful brass vocabulary by adding an electronic pitch-divider to his instrumental palette.

Ujamaa 1001 was recorded in 1970 in a concert spotlighting Daniel's band with Cleveland altoist Otis Harris, bassists Hakim Jami and Richard Pierce (the latter appeared on Black Woman as well), and drummers Kenneth Hughes and Warren Benbow on three Daniel originals. This reissue augments the proceedings with two of Harris' compositions, "The Kicker and "Otis' Song. "Congratulations begins with a full call-to-arms, ducking and diving into a lilting and somber Latin fragment, which is summarily taken over by Daniel's steely, darting bravura as he rides atop furious percussive tone-fields. Harris' statement begins almost plaintively, building into bent Eastern-tinged phrases, biting and repetitive-a cross between Carlos Ward, Sonny Simmons and Roscoe Mitchell.

An unaccompanied bass duet of contrasting murk and deftness leads into "Pagan Spain, a sandy and windblown dirge of airy power. "O.C. begins with a simple, singsong melody only to delve into a hot wall of multiphonics amid thrashing skin, wood and string. Harris' two compositions are lengthy free bop breakdowns. "Otis' Song is the standout of the two, with a particularly rousing solo by the altoist, while Jami's pizzicato (which has graced the bands of Sun Ra and Philly Joe Jones, to name just two) and arco are given ample room to stretch.

Though Ted Daniel's recorded pedigree among post-D.C. trumpeters is significant and his insightful contributions to the literature of the music are equally strong (he is a frequent source in Valerie Wilmer's As Serious As Your Life), very little of his early work has made it to CD. We can be thankful that his leader-debut is now available again in the digital age."-Clifford Allen


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Otis Harris is a saxophonist know for his work with Ted Daniel, and Doug Hammond & David Durrah.

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Hakim Jami is a bassist known for his work with Sun Ra, Gary Bartz, Hilton Ruiz, Ken McIntyre, and his own albums as a leader.

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Richard Pierce is a bassist know for his work with Ted Daniel Trio & Ted Daniel's Energy Module, and with Sonny Sharrock.

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Kenneth Hughes is a percussionist known for his work with Ted Daniel."-Squidco 6/17/2024

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"Warren Benbow is a New York-based drummer who has worked and recorded with Nina Simone, Larry Willis with Eddie Gomez on the CD Inner Crisis, Olu Dara, Jimmy Owens with Chris White and Kenny Barron, Phyllis Hyman, Michael Urbaniak, Billy "Spaceman" Patterson, Teruo Nakamura. Theatre and film artists Bill Duke, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Gilbert Moses, Chapman Roberts, Melvin Van Peebles and was an original member of James Blood Ulmer's band 'Odyssey.' At the High School of Performing Arts in New York City Mr. Benbow studied drums and percussion with Jazz percussionist Warren Smith and with Morris Goldenberg of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Later at The Mannes College of Music he studied with Walter Rosenberger, also of the Philharmonic, and with Korean percussion teacher Dong Wong Park. While studying at the Jazzmobile with Freddie Waits and Albert Tootie Heath, Benbow was introduced by Waits to jazz vocalist Betty Carter, and his career as a professional drummer began. He has toured with Ulmer and played on Ulmer's albums Odyssey, and Reunion. Their latest recording is titled Back in Time. In addition to his jazz work, he has also worked as an actor and musician in Broadway musical productions. He has performed on television, in the studio, and in clubs or concert halls around the world with artists Whitney Houston, Gwen Guthrie, LL Cool J, Nancy Wilson, Mavis Stalpes, Brian McKnight, SWV, Mary J. Blige and others. Mr. Benbow has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music."

-Pi Recording (https://pirecordings.com/artists/warren-benbow/)
6/17/2024

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"Mr. Daniel began studying trumpet in elementary school. He began his professional career playing local gigs with his childhood friend, the legendary guitarist, Sonny Sharrock. Mr. Daniel briefly attended Berklee School of music and Southern Illinois University before a tour of duty will U.S. Army Bands. After his discharge from the Army, Mr. Daniel attended Central State College, in Ohio, on a full music scholarship where he met and studied with Dr. Ken Makanda McIntyre. After a year, Mr. Daniel returned to NYC and eventually received a bachelor of music degree in theory and composition from the City College of New York. Mr. Daniel had begun his recording career while studying in Ohio. He returned briefly to New York to record Sonny Sharrock's first album "Black Woman". His second recording was with a band he co-lead (Brute Force) with his brother, Richard Daniel. The recording was entitled "Brute Force" on the Embryo label, produced by Herbie Mann. Since then, Mr. Daniel has participated in over thirty published recordings with such great artist as: Archie Shepp, Dewey Redman, Andrew Cyrille, Sam Rivers, Billy Bang and Henry Threadgill. Mr. Daniel has held workshops at Amherst College, Bennington College, Williams College and the University of Hosei in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Daniel has also conducted a seminar in Madrid, Spain as well as work in his community conducting summer music workshops for high and college age students. Mr. Daniel has produced three albums under his own name, which are entitled "The Ted Daniel Sextet" on Ujamaa records, "Tapestry" on Sun records and "In The Beginning" on Altura recordings. This recording features a twelve-piece ensemble featuring such artist as Oliver Lake, Arthur Blythe, Charles Tyler and David Murray."

-Ted Daniel Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/Ted-Daniel-235200259848405/about/?ref=page_internal)
6/17/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Congratulations 13:34

2. Pagan Spain 11:47

3. O.C. 8:15

4. The Kicker 12:55

5. Otis' Song 9:45

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
Sextet Recordings

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