John Tchicai: One Way Ticket


One Way Ticket


John Tchicai (alto sax)


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John Tchicai (alto sax),

Pierre Dørge (guitar), Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass)


Composed by John Tchicai


Recorded: Copenhagen, Denmark, March 23, 1977


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

In the 1970s, John Tchicai was still playing the alto sax and living in his native Denmark. Here, with two of his compatriots, he plays a type of jazz that is both very melodic and very free – a personal folklore, perhaps, that can hardly be related to anything except Ornette Coleman's melodic conceptions and Don Cherry's approach to interplay. Each instrument plays its own line, melodically and rhythmically, sometimes evolving in parallel, sometimes intertwining in a soft and unpredictable manner. Besides Tchicai's sound, which wasn't heavily documented in those years, the most interesting performance here is that of NHØP, who was more often heard with less modern musicians such as Oscar Peterson than with such open improvisers as Tchicai and Dørge.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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