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Herbie Nichols: The Complete Blue Note Recordings (1955-56) 1997

The Complete Blue Note Recordings

Track list:

Disc 1:

01. The Third World
02. The Third World (alt tk)
03. Step Tempest
04. Dance Line
05. Blue Chopsticks
06. Double Exposure (alt tk)
07. Double Exposure
08. Cro-Magnon Nights
09. Cro-Magnon Nights (alt tk)
10. It Didn’t Happen (alt tk)
11. Amoeba’s Dance
12. Brass Rings (alt tk)
13. Brass Rings
14. 2300 Skiddoo (alt tk)
15. 2300 Skiddoo

[BLP 5068] The Prophetic Herbie Nichols

Disc 2:

01. Shuffle Montgomery (alt tk)
02. It Didn’t Happen
03. Crisp Day
04. Shuffle Montgomery
05. The Gig
06. Applejackin’ (alt tk)
07. Hangover Triangle
08. The Lady Sings The Blues
09. Chit Chattin’
10. House Party Starting
11. The Gig (alt tk)
12. Furthermore (alt tk#1)
13. Furthermore
14. 117th Street (alt tk)
15. 117th Street
16. Sunday Stroll

[BLP 5069] The Prophetic Herbie Nichols

Disc 3:

01. Nick At T’s
02. Furthermore (alt tk#2)
03. Terpischore
04. ‘orse At Safari
05. Applejackin’ (alt tk)
06. Applejackin’
07. Wildflower
08. Mine (alt tk)
09. Mine
10. Trio
11. Trio (alt tk)
12. The Spinning Song (alt tk)
13. The Spinning Song
14. Riff Primitif
15. Riff Primitif (alt tk)
16. Query (alt tk)
17. Query

[BLP 1519] Herbie Nichols Trio

Personnel:

Herbie Nichols – piano;
Al McKibbon – bass (#1-1 to 3-6);
Teddy Kotick – bass (#3-7 to 3-17);
Art Blakey – drums(#1-1 to 2-4);
Max Roach – drums (#2-5 to 3-17)

Recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey between May 6, 1955 and April 19, 1956
Label: Blue Note

Original Sessions Producer: Alfred Lion
Recording Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder

Liner Notes: Herbie Nichols

Photography: Francis Wolff

This Compilation:
Released: 1997
Label: Blue Note
CDP 8 59352 2

Producer (1997): Michael Cuscuna

Liner Notes: Herbie Nichols, Michael Cuscuna
Booklet research and edited by: Roswell Rudd

This compilations adds to the 1975 issue “The Third World” [Blue Note BN-LA485-H2]
Side A: The Third World / Step Tempest / Blue Chopsticks / Blue Chopsticks / Double Exposure / Cro-Magnon Nights |
Side B: Amoeba’s Dance / Crisp Day / 2300 Skiddoo / It Did’t Happen / Shuffle Montgomery / Brass Rings |
Side C: The Gig / House Party Starting / Chit Chattin’ / The Lady Sings The Blues / Terpsichore |
Side D: Spinning Song / Query / Wildflower / Hangover Triangle / Mine |

[BN-LA485-H2] The Third World (2)

*****

While this innovative pianist-composer shares a fascination for disjunctive harmonies, complex rhythmic interplay, and oblique vocalized melodies with his better-known contemporary, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Nichols’s more elongated gait and linear propulsion suggest 20th-century classicism and the polyphony of New Orleans, much as Monk’s more jagged phrasing seems to extend on devices originated by icons of the Harlem stride school and the bent-note inflections of rural blues guitarists.

These Blue Note sides represent the complete output of five visionary sessions Nichols recorded for producer Alfred Lion in 1955-1956, and reflect the pianist’s profoundly drumlike aesthetic in which melodies derive directly from complex root syncopations.

Nichols’s ability to orchestrate percussive passages on the fly inspires a thrilling level of contrapuntal interplay from drummers Art Blakey and Max Roach that serves to transform his intricate song-forms into edgy, propulsive drum concertos.

More significantly, Nichols eschews empty riffing in favor of a deconstructionist approach in which thematic ideas are recast in a spacious, loping, orchestral style that make medium strolls like “Lady Sings the Blues” and minor gallops such as “Riff Primitiff” so darkly romantic and hypnotically swinging, as if Nichols could keep extending and elongating his azure melodic elisions for eternity.
~Chip Stern

*****

Discography (as leader):

1955 Herbie Nichols: The Prophetic Herbie Nichols Vol. 1 [Blue Note BLP 5068]
Herbie Nichols (piano), Al McKibbon (bass), Art Blakey (drums)
The Third World / Step Tempest / Dance Line / Blue Chopsticks / Double Exposure / Cro-Magnon Nights |

1955 Herbie Nichols: The Prophetic Herbie Nichols Vol. 2 [Blue Note BLP 5069]
Herbie Nichols (piano), Al McKibbon (bass), Art Blakey (drums)
Amoeba’s Dance / Crisp Day / 2300 Skiddoo / It Did’t Happen / Shuffle Montgomery / Brass Rings |

1956 Herbie Nichols Trio: Herbie Nichols Trio [Blue Note BLP 1519]
Herbie Nichols (piano), Al McKibbon (bass), Teddy Kotick* (bass), Max Roach (drums)
The Gig / House Party Starting / Chit-Chatting / The Lady Sings The Blues / Terpsichore / Spinning Song* / Query* / Wildflower* / Hangover Triangle / Mine* |

Love, Gloom, Cash, Love [BCP 81]  (1)

1957 Herbie Nichols Trio: Love, Gloom, Cash, Love [Bethlehem BCP-81]
Herbie Nichols (piano), George Duvivier (bass), Dannie Richmond (drums)
Too Close for Comfort / Every Cloud / Argumentative / Love, Gloom, Cash, Love / Portrait of Ucha / Beyond Recall / All the Way / 45 Degree Angle / Infatuation Eyes / S’crazy Pad |

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