Roy Haynes Quiet Fire
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- Released: September 14, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Galaxy
- 1.Thank You Thank You
- 3.Quiet Fire
- 5.Sweet Song
- 7.More Pain Than Purpose
- 9.Venus Eyes
- 10.Rok Out
- 11.Water Children
2 LPs on 1 CD:THANK YOU THANK YOU (1977/VISTALITE (1978).
Personnel: Roy Haynes (drums); John Klemmer (tenor, tenor saxophone); Marcus Fiorillo (guitar); Milcho Leviev (piano, electric piano); George Cables (piano); Stanley Cowell (electric piano); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Ron Carter (bass instrument); Kenneth Nash (cowbells, tambourine, percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Recording information: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (07/16/1977-07/18/1977).
Photographer: Phil Bray.
A Roy Haynes CD that incorporates funk, soul, rock, and pop elements and includes electric keyboards and electric bass? In the generally conservative jazz climate of the 21st century -- a time when Wynton Marsalis and his equally rigid associates enjoy way too much influence -- the assumption is that a CD by someone of Haynes' caliber shouldn't be anything less than 100 percent purist in its outlook. But Haynes, truth be told, has long been versatile -- his resum‚ includes everyone from Pat Metheny to Lester "The Pres" Young -- and Quiet Fire reflects the veteran drummer's admirable diversity. Quiet Fire reissues two Galaxy LPs (1977's Thank You Thank You and 1978's Vistalite) back to back on a 77-minute CD. Haynes was in his early fifties when the albums were recorded, and he was obviously open to trying a variety of things. Parts of Quiet Fire are essentially straight-ahead post-bop, including Stanley Cowell's reflective "Sweet Song" and a hard-swinging version of Bronislaw Kaper's "Invitation." But a poppier, more R&B-influenced Haynes asserts himself on funky offerings like "Venus Eyes" and "Water Children" -- a Haynes who gives the impression that he's hip to Grover Washington, Jr., the Crusaders, Tom Scott, Charles Earland, Ronnie Laws, and other jazz-funksters of the '70s. At their best, all of those artists exemplified tasteful commercialism back then -- and Haynes brings a similar mentality to the more commercial parts of Quiet Fire. Haynes was definitely reaching out to soul, rock, and pop audiences at the time, but he did it with integrity; he never stooped to playing the sort of abysmal, mind-numbing elevator music that dominates today's NAC/smooth jazz formats. This CD is mildly uneven -- some of the tunes are more memorable than others -- but all things considered, Quiet Fire paints an attractive picture of Haynes in 1977 and 1978. ~ Alex Henderson
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