Buell Neidlinger

Blue Chopsticks

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Herbie Nichols, a highly original pianist and composer, had a short life shrouded in obscurity, yet he did make a strong impression on his occasional bassist Buell Neidlinger. While Nichols only had the opportunity to record some of his pieces in piano-bass-drums trios, Neidlinger's memorable tribute does not utilize any of those three instruments. With Marty Krystall on reeds, Hugh Schick on trumpet, violinist Richard Greene, Jimbo Ross on viola and Neidlinger sticking to cello, 11 of Nichols' originals are given colorful, often humorous and spirited interpretations. One of the finest releases of 1995, this CD is full of surprises and unusual tone colors. Highlights include "Blue Chopsticks," "The Gig," "Love, Gloom, Cash, Love" and 'The Lady Sings the Blues," but each selection is well worth hearing. A gem that belongs in every jazz recording collection.

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