Barry Cleveland's November Faves

December 13, 2012

Terje Rypdal
Odyssey In Studio & In Concert

This 3-CD box set presents the visionary Norwegian guitarist and composer’s 1975 masterpiece in its entirety for the first time on CD, along with a stunning live bigband performance originally recorded for Swedish Radio in 1976, and an informative 24-page booklet. Nearly four decades on, Rypdal’s majestic, singing tone, precisely articulated vibrato, and string-like volume-pedal swells still startle—as does this music, which continues to exist largely beyond the constraints of stylistic time and space. ECM.

 
 

Jazz Soul Seven
Impressions of Curtis Mayfield

Propelled by drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and the late Mayfield percussionist Master Henry Gibson, alongside bassist Bob Hurst, pianist Russ Ferrante, saxophonist Ernie Watts, trumpeter Wallace Roney, and guitarist Phil Upchurch, JSS offer up soulful arrangements of a dozen Mayfield tunes, punctuated by Upchurch’s righteous rhythm work and smoking soloing. BFM.

 
 
 
 
 

Van der Graaf
Generator
ALT

The illustrious progressive rock band—Peter Hammill (guitar), Guy Evans (drums), and Hugh Banton (organ, keyboards)—explore a panoply of intriguing musical spaces on this entirely improvised instrumental outing. Playful, pensive, poignant, panoramic, ponderous, and even psychotic in turns, this tasty slice of sonic serendipity is not recommended for the faint of heart—or mind. Cherry Red.

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