Idris Muhammad: GCCG Blues


GCCG Blues


Idris Muhammad (drums)


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Idris Muhammad (drums), George Coleman (tenor sax), Pharoah Sanders (tenor sax), Ray Drummond (bass).

Composed by George Coleman


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, September 12, 1980


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Say what you will, there's a good chance this blowing session is so warm and uninhibited because three of the musicians involved are Southerners. Aside from bassist Ray Drummond, the odd man out from Massachusetts, we have leader Idris Muhammad from Louisiana plus saxophonists Coleman from Tennessee and Sanders from Arkansas. Of course there are good musicians everywhere, but when it comes to being oneself on blues changes, as on this medium-fast Coleman composition, it's hard to wail in a more natural and a looser way than those Southern cats. So forget about supposed styles (Coleman= hard bop, Sanders=free, Muhammad= R&B) and listen to them surprise you on these familiar chords that nowadays are often dealt with as if they were a scholarly exercise. Coleman solos first, followed by Sanders and, whether you usually like them or not, I'd be astonished if anyone had anything to object to the way this two-tenor quartet gets down, with all its heart, to the nitty gritty of one of America's cultural treasures: the blues.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum


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