Sunday, December 10, 2017

Arthur Blythe - July 11, 1981, Montreal Canada

From the CBC Radio Archives...

In the late 70s and early 80s, Blythe was on the cutting edge of jazz. Well, okay maybe not quite the cutting edge, but when he was signed to CBS he was poised for the big time. And then: Wynton Marsalis happened, and jazz turn a turn back to it's roots.

Okay, maybe that's a little simplistic. And, to be fair, Blythe did a standards album, too: In the Tradition. But it remains that Blythe's CBS records still sound fresh and have yet to get their due. He hasn't even gotten the Mosaic Records treatment! Maybe they should get on that. In the meantime, here's something else.

Today's share is a great recording of Blythe - and a backing band that includes Bob Stewart, Bobby Battle and Kelvyn Bell - at the 1981 Montreal Jazz Festival. The CBC/Radio-Canada used to broadcast these all the time (if you've got some, get in touch). The sound's great and there's a nice section of tunes; I especially like "Hip Dripper" and "Harlem Nocturne." If you're not familiar with Blythe, this is a great way to get to know his music. And then from there, try and track down his CBS records.


M.D. Milner said...

Lucky said...

Yep! :)