Bill Carrothers: When Will The Blues Leave


When Will The Blues Leave


Bill Carrothers (piano)


Home Row (Pirouet PIT3035)

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Bill Carrothers (piano), Gary Peacock (bass), Bill Stewart (drums).

Composed by Ornette Coleman


Recorded: New York, January 18-19, 1992


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

The music of Ornette Coleman is chockfull of so many twists, turns and unexpected changes in direction that its structure (if it's fair to use that word) is as iconic as Coleman's unusual saxophone sound. It is for these reasons that it's always interesting to encounter interpretations of Ornette's music. Bill Carrothers celebrates the Coleman landscape by employing dizzying chromatic runs and very angular passages, all while swinging like mad. Credit for the swing factor must also be given to Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart, who sound like they've been playing with Carrothers for their entire careers. Kudos to Bill Carrothers's colleague Marc Copland for helping to push this record out into the daylight.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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