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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fresh Sound Additions Sampler Playlist

Last week there were mass additions to the Rhapsody catalog from the Fresh Sound Records jazz label. The immediate result of that here at R&S Labs is a look into early releases from members of the Bad Plus and their cohorts. If you search on bassist Reid Anderson and pianist Ethan Iverson on the Fresh Sound master catalog page, you'll find multiple releases with those gentlemen as leaders, supporting each other, and in combination with folks such as guitarist Ben Monder, jedi master Paul Motian, and saxophonists Chris Cheek, Bill McHenry, and Mark Turner.

Here's a sampler from my initial explorations of this trove: the first installment of the Bad Plus medal-winner series, a representative from Reid Anderson's 2000 outing The Vastness of Space, a solo piano excursion where Smoke Gets In Your Eyes from Ethan Iverson, and Mister Anderson standing out on vibraphonist Tom Beckhams' 2000 release Suspicions.

Of particular note, The Vastness Of Space also features versions of Prehensile Dream and Silence Is The Question quite distinct in delivery and instrumentation from the versions that would later be recorded by the Bad Plus.

I'll try to report back as I uncover more.

Fresh Sound Additions Sampler Playlist - [Rhapsody Online version]

1972 Bronze Medalist - The Bad Plus
Foxy - Reid Anderson
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Ethan Iverson Trio
Kansas Tale - Tom Beckham


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