How a traditionalist can play avanguard
Music Lover: Ezio Chiarelli
Milano, Milano IT
-- May, 30, 2008
In this 1963 record Pee Wee Russell, usually referred as a dixieland representative and a traditionalist, is challenging himself in playing compositions written from avanguardists like John Coltrane/Eric Dolphy or Thelonious Monk.
The result is outstanding, with an unusual ensemble (clarinet, trombone, bass, drums) that sounds very modern and harmonically free (no piano or guitar) closer to Jimmy Giuffre than to Dixieland. The excellent sound from Collectables Records makes this CD a precious and delightful piece for any jazz lover.