Don Pullen

Song Everlasting

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The Pullen/Adams Quartet -- or Adams/Pullen Quartet, depending upon which label does the billing -- comes out burning again in a jubilant followup to Breakthrough, which marked the group's American label debut. Here there is a little more stylistic diversity, along with plenty of melodic invention and fireworks on the outside from Pullen, Adams, Cameron Brown and Dannie Richmond. On "1529 Gunn Street," they crisply evoke the hard truckin' blues of the urban soul-jazzers -- without an organ, mind you, but with an incendiary quota of Pullen clusters -- and there are some Latin-tinged grooves as well. "Warm Up" contains some sudden, deft tempo changes that benefit from Richmond's experiences with Mingus. The CD version contains an extra Latin-flavored track, "Another Reason to Celebrate."

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