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Pope, Odean: Plant Life (Porter Records)

A melodic and free ranging release from the trio of saxophonist Odean Pope, drummer Sunny Murray, and bassist Lee Smith, expressive and out jazz in the tradition.
 

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UPC: 656605868127

Label: Porter Records
Catalog ID: POR 4017
Squidco Product Code: 12047

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded May 18, 2008 by Jim Hamilton at Rittenhouse Recording, Philadelphia, PA.


Personnel:

Odean Pope-tenor saxophone

Sunny Murray-drums

Lee Smith-bass

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track listing:


1. Two Dreams Part 1 6:34

2. Happiness Tears 7:26

3. Plant Life 5:49

4. I Want to Talk About You 9:16

5. Scorpio Twins 5:26

6. Thoughts 5:27

7. Multiphonic 5:59

8. Two Dreams Part 2 6:14




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Improvised Music
Jazz
Melodic and Lyrical Jazz
Trio Recordings

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A melodic and free ranging release from the trio of saxophonist Odean Pope, drummer Sunny Murray, and bassist Lee Smith, expressive and out jazz in the tradition. The three use an Atlantic Records/Coltrane-era approach to their playing, particularly on "I Want to Talk About You", which they perform with both warmth and a technical prowess that comes only from players with as much experience. Much more relaxed than the typical Pope release, a beautiful and unique addition to his discography.


Artist Biographies:

"James Marcellus Arthur "Sunny" Murray (born September 21, 1936 in Idabel, Oklahoma) is one of the pioneers of the free jazz style of drumming.

Murray spent his youth in Philadelphia before moving to New York City where he began playing with Cecil Taylor: "We played for about a year, just practicing, studying - we went to workshops with Varèse, did a lot of creative things, just experimenting, without a job" He was featured on the influential 1962 concerts in Denmark released as Nefertiti the Beautiful One Has Come.

Murray was among the first to forgo the drummer's traditional role as timekeeper in favor of purely textural playing. "Murray's aim was to free the soloist completely from the restrictions of time, and to do this he set up a continual hailstorm of percussion ... continuous ringing stickwork on the edge of the cymbals, an irregular staccato barrage on the snare, spasmodic bass drum punctuation and constant, but not metronomic, use of the sock-cymbal"

After his period with Taylor's group, Murray's influence continued as a core part of Albert Ayler's trio who recorded Spiritual Unity: "Sunny Murray and Albert Ayler did not merely break through bar lines, they abolished them altogether."

He later recorded under his own name for ESP-Disk and then when he moved to Europe for BYG Actuel."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunny_Murray)
10/11/2017

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