(Post-Bop / Free-Jazz / CIMP) Odean Pope Quartet (Odean Pope, Bobby Zankel, Lee Smith, Craig McIver) - Fresh Breeze - 2010, FLAC (tracks), lossless

(Post-Bop / Free-Jazz / CIMP) Odean Pope Quartet (Odean Pope, Bobby Zankel, Lee Smith, Craig McIver) - Fresh Breeze - 2010, FLAC (tracks), lossless
Odean Pope Quartet (Odean Pope, Bobby Zankel, Lee Smith, Craig McIver) - Fresh Breeze
Жанр: Post-Bop / Free-Jazz / CIMP
Год выпуска диска: 2010
Производитель диска: CIMP #378; USA
Аудио кодек: FLAC
Тип рипа: tracks
Битрейт аудио: lossless
Продолжительность: 01:12:58
01. Rejuvenate 12’06
02. Limu 8’34
03. 956 6’07
04. Morning mist 7’26
05. Fresh breeze 10’00
06. Off if not 12’02
07. Fifth house 6’26
08. Trilogy 10’14
all compositions & arrangements by Odean Pope
recorded 22 January 2008 at The Spirit Room, Rossie NY
Odean Pope – tenor saxophone
Bobby Zankel – alto saxophone
Lee Smith – bass
Craig McIver – drums
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Catalog Number: CIMP 378
If one extends a line long enough, a sense of symmetry usually begins to show while at the same time new offshoots are added. Jazz music is all about connections and, as a body of work, CIMP releases reflect this. Bobby Zankel’s (b.1949, Brooklyn, NY) first recording (3/13/91 - Cadence Jazz Records 1050) was made up of an octet that included Odean Pope (b.1938, Ninety-six, SC) and now, 17 years later, Odean leads a session that includes Bobby in his group. When Odean proposed this date it seemed to be a natural and I wondered why it had not happened before. Both saxmen are dynamic and intense players. That, of course, does not mean a match but, in the past, Odean has gone up against other strong sax personalities (Byard Lancaster, Carl Grubbs, Prince Lasha), yielded nothing and produced much. (And let’s not overlook his Saxophone Choir outings.) A couple weeks prior to this recording Odean called to tell me that “the rehearsals are going very good. Bobby and I are going to have something very powerful.” Craig McIver (b.1959, Philadelphia, PA) also made his recording debut on Bobby’s first recording and has been drumming with Odean since the early 1990s. Lee Smith (b. 1952, Philadelphia, PA) is the fresh face to CIMP, a veteran player known to me for his work with Mongo Santamaria and as bassist for a number of vocalists including Tom Lawton, Denise King, Barbara Montgomery, Roberta Flack, and Billy Paul. The quartet drove up together and arrived around 4:30 p.m., just as the snow began to get serious. They set up and then we sat down and ate a rather subdued and quiet meal, due, I suspect, to the fast change-over from driving, snow, set up, and supper. Odean set the schedule to rest after supper and hit around 8 p.m. Odean and Bobby spent most of the rest time working out the precision and logistics of Rejuvenate. Sure enough, at 8 p.m. the group assembled and—comfortably but with a vigor undocumented in the sound checks—unleashed their energy on Rejuvenate. And with this piece I was introduced to the big sound and solid construction of Lee Smith’s bass. In fact, everyone in the group takes cogent solos on this fine opening display. Limu was up next. Note Odean’s counterpointedly abstract solo which employs circular breathing. Bobby follows and picks up the oblique direction. By the time we got midway through the first take of Fresh Breeze, the fifth composition of the evening, it occurred to me that while Odean’s tone was the same, his phrasing seemed a bit altered, more run-on than usual. I asked him about this and he said he’s been working on that, making longer meaningful statements. “You should always be working on things. That’s what you’re supposed to do.” He then asked me, “Is it good?” to which I responded, “It’s neither good nor bad, just an observation.” This whole quartet was certainly sounding good. By 10 p.m. Odean was saying they could finish up this night and, while the band definitely was hitting‚ in this music things that come easily one moment can suddenly and just as magically become frustratingly elusive the next moment. After a break the group went into Off If Not. The years of being both Bobby’s and Odean’s drummer show as Craig is completely intuitive in shadowing during their solos as well as leading them on. Two sax solos that are particularly rewarding on close, focused listening. Odean called for uptempo and some double time for Fifth House. If the energy was ebbing when he steps out with Lee, it wasn’t apparent to me. Fifth House and Trilogy followed and it’s obvious both the minds, bodies, and spirits are all still working and that, combined with the preparation and unknown magic of the moment, all cooperated and indeed made it possible to complete this whole program on this evening. An evening of pleasures. -Robert D. Rusch Jan. 22, 2008
All About Jazz
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SOURCE: Master of a Small House ( http://masterofasmallhouse.blogspot.com/2010/03/odean-pope-quartet-fresh-breeze-cimp.html )
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Odean Pope Quartet - Fresh Breeze (CIMP)
Odean Pope records are old reliables. Such shorthand is not meant to argue anything safe or rote about the entries in his discography. Rather it’s meant as an assertion of principled dependability across the board. Put on a Pope album and you’re guaranteed some gold-standard tenor playing at a minimum. Fellow Philadelphian Bobby Zankel has a comparable reputation earned in similar fashion. Both men have benefited from a long association with the Cadence stable of labels. Zankel, in particular, has the bulk of his catalog ensconced on CIMP and CJR. This new set isn’t their first conclave. That distinction goes back nineteen years to Zankel’s debut on CJR.
Pope’s ostensibly in the driver’s seat this time out and contributes all of the date’s eight compositions, but the performances reveal an equal opportunity mindset amongst the players. Bassist Lee Smith and drummer Craig McIver, each regular Pope associates, share equal footing with the horns. Smith, in particular, is a minor revelation. Past employers as varied as Mongo Santamaria and Roberta Flack illustrate his stylistic versatility, but it’s the earthy sense of groove and rhythm he brings to his pizzicato play that truly stands out. McIver’s polyrhythmic propensities jibe beautifully and there are frequent passages where the rhythmic interactions are just as catalytic as the harmonic and melodic ones issuing from the frontline.
Several of the pieces are familiar friends from past Pope ventures. “Rejuvenate” works off a springy second line rhythm with Pope and Zankel digging in. The leader’s scalar approach rooted in Coltrane’s “sheets of sound” is in full effect. Zankel’s tarter-toned, but no less agile alto makes for an excellent foil. “Limu” spreads out on a modified samba beat, opening space for some of Pope’s signature circular breathing. The closing series of exchanges on “Fresh Breeze” contain what sound like a pair of aborted entries by the horns, but the muscularity of the McIver’s breaks makes the near-mistakes negligible. Pope and Zankel continue unruffled, both secure in the knowledge that those sorts of calculated risks are what jazz is all about.
On the Ornette-ish “Off If Not”, one of those aforementioned time-tested numbers, Pope’s solo is bursting of highly-personalized little moments. A hardening of his tone into legato honks here, a succession spiraling glissandos there. His phrasing may be built on a bedrock of Coltrane, but the improvisational edifices he erects off the foundation are wholly his own. Zankel zooms in and follows suit, bouncing and bobbing atop the choppy accompaniment of Smith and McIver while voraciously chewing up notes at comparable speed. A delicate syncopated dialogue between brushes and bass follows as gravy on an already savory performance. With this opportune set Pope’s reliability record remains intact.
Odean Pope's Biography
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Born: October 24, 1938
Odean Pope was born in Ninety-Six, South Carolina to musical parents who rooted him in the sounds of the Southern Baptist Church. After moving to Philadelphia at the age of ten, his lifelong study of music began in earnest and was buttressed by The Graniff School of Music and Benjamin Franklin High School's music program.
Odean grew up in jazz rich territory with other Philadelphia notables such as: John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown, Benny Golson, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy and Percy Heath, Ray Bryant, Bill Barron, Kenny Barron, Archie Shepp, Jymie Merritt, Jimmy Garrison, Philly Joe Jones and Dizzy Gillespie. Coltrane chose Odean to replace him in Jimmy Smith's Group when he left for New York to join Miles Davis. Although he was close to Coltrane and continues to revere his artistry, Odean was always searching for his own musical sound. This led him to study with Ron Rubin, the principal woodwind player in the Philadelphia Orchestra. At a later time he studied at The Paris Conservatory for Music under Kenny Clarke. It was there that he received his Certificate in Orchestration, Modern harmony, African rhythms, Be-Bop Art Forms and Arrangement. He studied with the pianist, Ray Bryant, bassist, Jymie Merritt and was significantly influenced by the brilliant, if not eccentric pianist, Hasaan Ibn Ali. Odean adds, “Then being able to study with Max (Roach) from '79 up until '02, was like going to one of the highest institutions in the whole world.”
Integrating several musical influences including the church choir of his youth, Philadelphia jazz and R&B of the 50's and classical woodwind chamber music, led Odean in the early 70's to help form Catalyst, a collective of musicians and music representing his new aesthetic. A two-CD set was reissued in 1999 on 32 Records as: “Catalyst: The Funkiest Band You Never Heard.” It was music ahead of its time. In 1979, Odean joined the Max Roach Quartet as a regular member for more than two decades. It was as the tenor man with Max Roach that Odean perfected the techniques of circular breathing and multiphonics, both allowing him to stretch his solo improvisations from dazzling elevations to the throbbing, husky sounds for which he is so well known, to all kinds of delicacy in getting from one to the other. Odean won acclaim from Australia to Japan, even winning “Best Tenor Saxophone Player” at the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Odean works with his trio, (Lee Smith, Craig McIver) quartet and saxophone choir. The saxophone choir is formatted with nine saxophones, and was established by Odean in 1977 and premiered in 1985 with a Soul Note album called “The Saxophone Shop.” The saxophone choir has been the realization of his southern legacy; a medium for creating the richly textured harmonic sound that has permeated his musical soul since childhood. Even though he plays clarinet, oboe, piccolo, flute and piano, Odean feels an affinity for the tenor saxophone because it most closely mimics the human voice. He constructs layers of melodic sound by playing within the fourth system in different tone scales using multiphonics, achieving several pitches together, for which he is well known. The choir reaches a stunning intensity that is simultaneously one voice and is also, as described by Francis Davis, “harmonically engorged.”
Odean has led two musical lives. Whereas his musical legion left for New York, Odean kept Philadelphia as his home base. Having grown up in North Philadelphia, Odean has always felt a strong commitment to his community through working musically with the children. He was musical director of a Philadelphia cultural initiative, “Model Cities.” He started the jazz studies program at the Settlement Music School and he continues to give master classes in the School District of Philadelphia, as well as nationally and internationally.
Odean Pope's artistry as performer, composer and arranger has earned him many citations from the City of Philadelphia. Among his many awards are: The Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Music Composition (1992), The Rockefeller Foundation (1992) and several from Chamber Music America.
Press Quotes
”Odean Pope is a bad, bad, bad, beautiful musician, man.” --Joe Lovano
”The music (on the Ponderer) is dense but luxuriant, and it moves quickly. Thoroughly propulsive.” --Jim Macnie, Boston Phoenix
“Odean Pope's Saxophone Choir hit the groove.” --John Diliberto, Down Beat
“The Ponderer wallops you, then surprises you with its subtlety before you can recover.” --Village Voice
“Max Roach's longtime saxman Odean Popes Philly proud saxophone ensemble was one of the most explosive units of the 1994 Montreal Jazz Festival.” --Willard Jenkins, Jazz-Times
“Tenor man Odean Pope builds a richly arranged environment deserving of the choral moniker on Epitome, the Choir's third CD for Soul Note. An elegant feel is established right away. Pope's own deep, throaty tenor is the horn highlight.” --John Corbett, Down Beat
“Charged with the progressive energy of the Avant-guarde and tempered by the meditative, soulful communication of the classic jazz tradition, The Mystery of Prince Lasha is worth discovering.” --Greg Camphire, All About Jazz)
“Bask in the excitement of the music.” --Mike Shanley, Jazz Times
“(Odean Pope) continues to be a faithful steward of his muse. His latest trip to The Spirit Room marked another milestone.” --Derek Taylor, Bagatellen
“Pope is simply stoked throughout the set, whether the vehicle is a playfully Monkish romp, a chestnut-flavored ballad replete with a sweeping cadenza or a bristling flag-waver.” --Bill Shoemaker, Point of Departure
“Any living saxophonist would be glad to take credit for this record.” --Ron Sweetman, CODA
“The writing for the saxophone Choir is brilliant, its musicianship superb...to see Odean Pope and The Saxophone Choir and Trio is to be galvanized by the infinite magic of possibility.” --Ron Welburn, Down Beat Magazine
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