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A much-needed reissue of McPhee's 1979 Hat Hut LP documenting his 1977 concert at Salle Ste Croix des Pelletiers, performing 3 original compositions and Monk's "Round Midnight" with incredible skill and inventiveness.

McPhee, Joe
Variations on a Blue Line / 'Round Midnight

McPhee, Joe: Variations on a Blue Line / 'Round Midnight (Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey    
Released in: USA    

"Joe McPhee is here on tenor and soprano saxophone.

The 17 minutes opening and leading composition Beanstalk embodies immediately all the paraphernalia of techniques and styles that McPhee can exhibit. You can hear drops of breath streaming through the tubes or hiding below the keys and the holes of the instruments, gentle hammerings, slap tonguing (was it already called this at that time?) and silent fingering on the buttons. The sound is built through rubbings, squeaks and hits until some sudden coherent and eruptive phrasings emerge and disappear. No emotion is left aside and the player can swiftly switch between a pianissimo and an ostinato. Around the eleventh minute mark are remarkable some Theremin-like pitches introducing his peculiar hoarse, almost painful, bass voice. And again we find percussive trills and droning long whispers. It really seems a duet between two sax players more than a solo.

"Motian [Motion] Studies" moves down from vertiginous high pitches towards melody. In many passages you don’t feel the whole as a solo performance because it is easy to imagine a complete orchestra surrounding the saxophone’s voice.

"Variation on a Blue Line (After a Theme For Knox)" is the bluesy third track that evolves in a violent eruption of fast whistles leading us to "‘Round Midnight" by Thelonious Monk, that Joe McPhee interpreters with all the soul he still has in his lungs."-Paolo Casertano, FreeJazzStef

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Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
Catalog ID: CvsDcd007
Squidco Product Code: 17118

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded live in Rouen, France on October 11th, 1977 by Claude Robert.


Joe McPhee-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone

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Track Listing:

01. Beanstalk 7:06

02. Motian Studies 7:39

03. Variations of a Blue Line 6:33

04: 'Round Midnight 5:05

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