George Adams & Don Pullen: Big Alice


Big Alice


George Adams / Don Pullen Quartet


Live at the Village Vanguard, Volume 2 (Soul Note)

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George Adams (tenor sax, flute), Don Pullen (piano), Dannie Richmond (drums),

Cameron Brown (bass)


Composed by Don Pullen


Recorded: Village Vanguard, New York City, August 19, 1983


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

This session featuring Mingus alumni (with the obvious exception of Cameron Brown) is filled with high- energy original music from Adams and Pullen. While the arrangements are expectedly unpredictable and multidimensional, their free jazz elements are countered by a strong compositional basis in the blues and gospel music ( la their former bandleader). This Pullen-penned track opens with an exceptionally melodic unaccompanied drum solo from Richmond, followed by extended solos by Pullen and Adams over the New Orleans street-beat groove. The tune concludes with playful, quote-dominated trading between Adams and Richmond. Stimulating, bold jazz from understudied masters.

Reviewer: Eric Novod


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