Herbie Nichols: Beyond Recall


Beyond Recall


Herbie Nichols (piano)


Love, Gloom, Cash, Love (Bethlehem 3011)

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Herbie Nichols (piano), George Duvivier (bass), Dannie Richmond (drums).

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)

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