Thursday, February 16, 2006

Frank Lowe - Bodies and Soul (CIMP, 1995)

Tenor saxophonist Frank Lowe made his name with the New Thing and the loft scene, but never lost sight of the jazz tradition. On this recording with Charles Moffett on drums and Tim Flood on bass, Lowe cuts a free-bop groove through spacious interpretations of standards and originals paying tribute to the forbears like Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Don Cherry. Standards covered on this disc include versions of John Coltrane's up-tempo burner "Impressions" and Ornette Coleman's zippy blues infused "Happy House," which also has a solid up-tempo groove. Lowe contributes a wonderful two-part original "For Don" which serves as a tribute to Don Cherry, who had recently passed on at the time of this recording. For people who enjoy the inside-outside music of artists like Eric Dolphy and Sam Rivers and others of that nature this album should be a perfect fit.

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