:::The Ringer:::

Posted: Wednesday, 17 March 2010 by jazzlover in Etykiety: , , ,

In the early '70s, Charles Tolliver was one of the brightest young trumpeters in jazz. He studied at Howard University and then moved to New York in 1964, playing and recording with Jackie McLean. Tolliver was on quite a few excellent advanced hard bop records in the mid-'60s, played with Gerald Wilson's Orchestra in Los Angeles (1966-1967), and was a member of Max Roach's group at the same time (1967-1969) as the compatible Gary Bartz. In 1969, Tolliver formed a quartet called Music Inc. that often featured pianist Stanley Cowell and was on a few occasions expanded to a big band. Tolliver and Cowell founded the Strata East label in 1971, which released many fine records in the 1970s. Although it was an era when there was a serious shortage of talented young trumpeters (prior to the rise of Wynton Marsalis), Tolliver after the mid-'70s maintained a low profile. Charles Tolliver, whose fat tone was influenced by Freddie Hubbard while his ideas display bits of John Coltrane, has recorded as a leader for Impulse (two songs from a 1965 concert), Black Lion, Enja, and Strata East.

This is the Charles Tolliver record to get, although it may be hard to find. The masterful trumpeter, in a quartet with pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Steve Novosel, and drummer Jimmy Hopps, plays five of his strongest compositions. Highlights include the powerful "On the Nile," "The Ringer," and "Spur," but each of the numbers has its memorable moments. Tolliver is heard at the peak of his creative powers; it is strange that he never received the fame and recognition that he deserved.
:::Review by Scott Yanow:::

Charles Tolliver - The Ringer (1969)

1. Plight 7:11
2. On The Nile 12:34
3. The Ringer 5:44
4. Mother Wit 8:45
5. Spur 4:56

Bass - Steve Novosel
Drums - Jimmy Hopps
Piano - Stanley Cowell
Trumpet - Charles Tolliver

2 komentarze:

  1. miles says:

    it's a shame that tolliver never found the success he deserved. ditto charles sullivan. recently forced to liquidate my record collection, i'm glad to have found this share so i can be reunited with this wonderful recording.

    many thanks, jazzlover!