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Wilson, Phillip : Esoteric (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Recordings from the late 70s from the duo of Art Ensemble of Chicago drummer Phillip Wilson and trumpeter Olu Dara, an intimate and intelligently reserved session that includes a 3 part tribute to Lester Bowie, originally released on Hat Hut records.
 

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Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
Catalog ID: CvsDCD027
Squidco Product Code: 22029

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Paris by Jef Gilson, tracks 1-3 in November, 1977, tracks 4-11 on May 10, 1978. Originally issued on vinyl LP on the Hat Hut label in 1979 as catalog code Q.


Personnel:

Phillip Wilson-percussion

Olu Dara-trumpet, serpent

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track listing:


1. Lester B I 8:35

2. Lester B II 3:22

3. Lester B III 2:20

4. Double Click 3:51

5. The Chad 2:13

6. Caul Call! The Eso 4:28

7. The March And Ragtime 4:00

8. Elephant Bossa 1:07

9. Olu 1 3:37

10. Olu 2 3:14

11. Lost And Brash 2:56
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"In November 1977 and May 1978, months before drummer Phillip Wilson recorded his great LP Duet with trumpeter Lester Bowie for the Improvising Artists label, Wilson hit the studio for Esoteric, a recording of solos and duets with cornetist Olu Dara. Wilson (1941-1992) was one of the key percussionists in creative music, the Art Ensemble of Chicago's early trapsman, one third of the fusion band Full Moon, and an all around fount of invention and sensitivity. In addition to his work in the jazz and improvised music realms, he was a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and did session work for Stax Records in the '70s.

The little known LP Esoteric, which was issued on Hat Hut Records as their twelfth release, finds Wilson in an extremely intimate mode, sometimes exploring the sonority of his kit, sometimes extrapolating on a beat, and on several tracks working with his comrade Olu Dara, one of the great figures of the loft era and a wonderfully polymath musician. Together they conjure more than an avant garde drum and bugle corps, Wilson's decisive touch and Dara's exploratory voice stretching all the way out on three dedications to Mr. Bowie.

A rare taste of what the masterful Wilson does in the driver's seat, Esoteric has been remastered from the original tapes and features Klaus Baumgartner's original cover design on this, its first ever reissue, nearly forty years since it was waxed."-Corbett Vs. Dempsey



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