Charlie Mariano

Blue Stone

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Charlie Mariano, who initially gained fame playing bop and cool jazz in the 1950s, was exploring a mixture of world music and funk/R&B by the early '70s. This interesting outing finds Mariano switching between alto, soprano, flute, and the nagasuram in a quintet with flutist Chris Hinze and a European rhythm section that explores three Mariano originals (including the previously unreleased 18½-minute "Blue Stone"), a piece by Hinze, and a traditional South Indian folk song. The moody music contains plenty of intriguing colors and some surprising moments.

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