Herbie Nichols: Beyond Recall
Herbie Nichols (piano)
Love, Gloom, Cash, Love (Bethlehem 3011)
Composed by Herbie Nichols.
Recorded: New York City, November, 1957
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
“Beyond Recall” is from Herbie Nichols’ last recording date as a leader, Love, Gloom, Cash, Love, recorded in 1957 with bassist George Duvivier and drummer Dannie Richmond. With dark chords in the left hand and a blues-based melody, it’s almost like a combination of the blues form and “Rhythm” changes. Like many of Nichols’ other compositions, this tune uses an extended AABA form, with a few harmonic twists and turns along the way. When I first heard Herbie’s music, this track grabbed my ear right away, and it was among the first tunes of his that I transcribed. This eventually led to the formation of the Jazz Composers Collective’s Herbie Nichols Project.
Reviewer: Frank Kimbrough (for Desert Island Dozens)