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Hamiet Bluiett

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by Scott Yanow

This double-CD, released for the first time in 1996, has the 37½-minute performance "Sobra Una Nube" that was originally released as the LP S.O.S., plus five other previously unreleased selections (two of which are quite lengthy) from the same engagement. Recorded at a small club during the now-legendary loft period in New York City, baritonist Hamiet Bluiett (who also plays some effective clarinet and flute) is featured with pianist Don Pullen (who was really coming into his own during this era), bassist Fred Hopkins and drummer/percussionist Don Moye. Not having to worry about time or style restraints, the four brilliant musicians really have an opportunity to stretch out, yet the music never flags or wanders. Bluiett uses his mastery of screeching high notes on the baritone fairly sparingly, while Pullen's percussive yet free improvising is surprisingly accessible. Although it helps greatly to have open ears, this music communicates pretty well. One of Hamiet Bluiett's best early recordings.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Hamiet Bluiett 03:43 Amazon
2 Hamiet Bluiett 37:14 Amazon
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