Charles Tolliver, Music Inc & Orchestra - Impact - AudioSoundMusic
Charles Tolliver, Music Inc & Orchestra - Impact - AudioSoundMusic
Charles Tolliver, Music Inc & Orchestra - Impact - AudioSoundMusic
Charles Tolliver, Music Inc & Orchestra - Impact - AudioSoundMusic
Charles Tolliver, Music Inc & Orchestra - Impact - AudioSoundMusic
Charles Tolliver, Music Inc & Orchestra - Impact - AudioSoundMusic

Charles Tolliver, Music Inc & Orchestra - Impact

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Charles Tolliver - trumpet, flugelhorn [click here to see more vinyl featuring Charles Tolliver]

James Spaulding - flute, alto saxophone

Harold Vick - flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone

Charles McPherson - alto saxophone

George Coleman - tenor saxophone

Charles Davis - baritone saxophone

Jon Faddis, Lorenzo Greenwich, Virgil Jones, Jimmy Owens, Richard Williams - trumpet

Garnett Brown, John Gordon, Kiane Zawadi - trombone

Jack Jeffers - bass trombone

Stanley Cowell - piano

Clint Houston, Cecil McBee, Reggie Workman - bass

Clifford Barbaro - drums

Warren Smith - chimes, percussion

Big Black, Billy Parker - percussion

Winston Collymore, Noel Da Costa, Gayle Dixon, Noel Pointer - violin

Julius Miller, Ashley Richardson - viola

Akua Dixon Turre, Edith Wint Porter - cello

1 LP, standard sleeve

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : unspecified

Label : Pure Pleasure Records

Original Label : Strata East Records

Recorded at Sound Ideas Studios, Ja

Engineered & mixed by George Klabin

Produced by Charles Tolliver

Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Originally released in 1976

Tracks :

Side A:

1 Impact

2 Mother Wit

3 Grand Max

Side B:

1 Plight

2 Lynnsome

3 Mournin' Variations

      Reviews :

      “Trumpeter Chrarles Tolliver was, with Stanley Cowell , the co-founder of the pioneering artist - owned Strata -East label, home of many crucial 1970s jazz recordings from the likes of Pharoah Saunders, Clifford Jordan, Gil Scott-Heron and, of course, Tolliver himself.

      Many of his recordings for the label - including this one, re-released on vinyl by Pure Pleasure Records - are landmarks in 1970s jazz, straddling the line between ahrd bop and the avant-garde and possessed of a singular artistic vision. Released in 1975, Impact (not to be confused with Tolliver's 1972 quartet album of the same name, released, on Enja) carried on with the energetic large band format that Tolliver had experimented with on 1971's influential Music Inc. album, but with the addition of a string section.

      The trumpeter composed, arranged, conducted and produced the entire project, a testament to both his energy and his huge talents, and the sheer quality of the musicians involved means a splendid time is guaranteed for all.

      I've read complaints in some quarters taht the addition of strings dilutes the impact of Tolliver's extraordinary compositions but i can't agree. This is thrilling music, , from the opening title track through to the closer `Mournin' Variations` and the strings add a cinematic tension and a wider palette for Tolliver to paint his sound pictures with. His arrangements are consistently hard-edged and build momentum and tension, while the soloists - including George Colman, Stanley Cowell and Harold Vick, are given sufficient room to weave in and out of the multiple textures. It's gritty, strident, uncompromisingly `1970 urban` yet also ¬spiritual` - both very much of its time and transcending it.

      It's not made clear if this is an all-analogue remastering, and i have my doubts but as there's a glassiness to the percussion and a slight blare on the horns which indicates the record may have been cut from a igital source: nonetheless mastering engineer Ray Staff has dug out the layers of detail in this complex recording and retains all the excitement and energy of what is one of the very best large ensemble recordings of the 1970s. Kevin Whitlock. “ Jazzwise Magazine , August 2020 by Kevin Whitlock 


      Discogs : 4,31 / 5

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