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Grandpa's Spells

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Från Engeland Till Skottland/Nice Letter
Artist: Gilbert Matthews, John Tchicai, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Danstrup
4:34
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Elevator 1
Artist: Gilbert Matthews, John Tchicai, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Danstrup
2:09
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Heksehyl
Artist: Gilbert Matthews, John Tchicai, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Danstrup
3:25
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Grandpa's Spells
Artist: Gilbert Matthews, John Tchicai, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Danstrup
3:30
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Community Bells
Artist: Gilbert Matthews, John Tchicai, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Danstrup
7:08
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Improvisation C
Artist: Gilbert Matthews, John Tchicai, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Danstrup
5:45
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Ambrosia
Artist: Gilbert Matthews, John Tchicai, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Danstrup
6:27
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Elevator 2
Artist: Gilbert Matthews, John Tchicai, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Danstrup
4:46
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Solen Er Saa Rød
Artist: Gilbert Matthews, John Tchicai, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Danstrup
2:46
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Hasty Passion
Artist: Gilbert Matthews, John Tchicai, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Danstrup
4:36
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Cannonball Blues
Artist: Gilbert Matthews, John Tchicai, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Danstrup
3:44
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Moondust
Artist: Gilbert Matthews, John Tchicai, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Danstrup
3:13
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Improvisation B
Artist: Gilbert Matthews, John Tchicai, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Danstrup
5:52
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Mambo Koyma
Artist: Gilbert Matthews, John Tchicai, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Danstrup
9:10
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Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 67:05

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Trans-Global Expression: John Tchicai and Sean Bergin

By Kevin Whitehead, Contributor

Capsule jazz histories tell us European harmony and African rhythm came together west of the Atlantic. Yes, but: North Americans may forget that Africa and Europe are close neighbors whose cultures were interacting long before Columbus; even now, their musical mixes may bypass direct American mediation. In September and October 2012 two great and very different Afro-European saxophonists passed away: Denmark's John Tchicai, well known to American fans, and the South Africa-born Dutchman Sean Bergin,… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Denmark saxophonist John Tchicai burst into American consciousness with his strong role in John Coltrane’s seminal Ascension album in the ’60s. Since then, Tchicai has performed regularly and recorded as a leader and sideman on a plethora of recordings in several different styles. Grandpa’s Spells celebrates and results from his winning the celebrated JAZZPAR prize in 1992, and features him with an all-star group of sidemen displaying a range of perspectives. The presence of Dutch pianist Misha Mengelberg adds a colorful dimension, his loony improvisations and deftly placed chords substantially contributing to the success of the project. There is a lot of ground covered, from Mengelberg’s Monk-like “Elevator 2″ to classical music composer Carl Nielsen’s gentle “Solen Er Saa Rød” to rambunctious, wildly swinging versions of Jelly Roll Morton’s “Grandpa’s Spells” and “Cannonball Blues.” While Tchicai is comfortable with freestyle modern concepts, as he shows on the adventurous, collectively improvised “Improvisation B” and “Improvisation C,” he seems uncomfortable totally foregoing melody, rarely turning his back on tunefulness or tastefulness, and he rarely, if ever, pursues sustained primitive screeches void of tonal center. Neither does he engage in extended techniques. As a result, this album offers a remarkably accessible and diverse selection, reflecting a fine slice of the artistic talents of this major Danish jazz performer. – Steve Loewy

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