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James Spaulding Quintet | Blues Up & Over (Live)

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Blues Up & Over (Live)

by James Spaulding Quintet

Jazz Originals & two classics with meticulous voicings and driving rhythms.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Oracle 2 (Live)
8:14 album only
2. Henry Street (Live)
7:03 album only
3. Monk You (Live)
6:56 album only
4. Continuance (Live)
8:47 album only
5. In My Solitude (Live)
10:07 album only
6. Gregory's Song (Live)
10:12 album only
7. It's Time (Live)
7:07 album only
8. New York Theme (Live)
3:45 album only
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Album Notes
Alto saxophonist/flutist, composer James Spaulding is one of the many fine artist to come out of the Indianapolis, Indiana area.

His 35-year plus career in music is both distinguished and diverse.

As an all purpose hardbop freelance sideman, he has recorded with many of jazz's elite, and he can be heard on albums now considered classics.

Spaulding's list of credits include Louis Armstrong's last recording date, "Louis Armstrong & Friends," Flying Dutchmen; Max Roach's "Drums Unlimited," Atlantic Records; and a series of recordings on the Blue Note label.

He has been a member of the Freddie Hubbard Quintet;David Murray Octet & Big Band,a brief stay with the World Saxophone Quartet;recorded with Wayne Shorter;Bobby Hutcherson;Sun Ra; and Max Roach, to name only a few.

Musically, James is a modernist, with solid roots in classical jazz.

His saxophone style is an extension of the Charlie Parker influence, but his overall concept incorporates much of the broad jazz saxophone heritage.

Voice music critic, Gary Giddens describes James as "The Conservator of the music, who has served since the 60's." He has recorded 6 CDs as leader on the Muse and HighNote labels.

His original music, a suite entitled "A Song of Courage," was performed by him with full orchestra and choir at the Voorhees Chapel at the Rutgers University campus from funds awarded him by the National Endowment for the Arts.

More recently, James has formed a quintet that encompasses his concept of the connectedness of jazz that universally bonds us together.

It's a progressive group whose roots are firmly embedded in Bebop as Jazz's common language, but it incorporates much of the broad jazz idiom heritage.

In July 2000, James recorded with his quintet under his own label, Speetones Music.

There are 2-volumes:

Volume 1 (#1001) Blues Up & Over is now available.

Volume 2 (#1002).Round To It is now available.



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calvin r roberts

round too it
'' great music ''by a ''GREAT PHARAOH ''

Ken Skelton - IndyOutlook.com

One can't get enough of this talented indivdual.
James Spaulding's "Blues Up and Over" is just another example of this musician's longevity as a leader and all-purpose side-man.
Spaulding's "mad skills" on alto and flute are just as sharp as they were 40-years ago. Like a fine wine, he gets better with age. One can't get enough of this talented individual. A MUST HAVE ADDITION TO YOUR MUSIC COLLECTION!!!

Doug Martin

Up, Over, and Way-Out!
James Spaulding is the baddest cat around. He jumps out of the gate on this live recording with his own composition "Oracle 2" and the rest of his tight quintet keeps up with his every move. The taping of these tunes occured over Spaulding's birthday and everyone in the band brought something to the party - each member contributes tunes as well as performances. Drummer Reggie Nicholson is as tight or loose as he needs to be, whether pushing the band through some rapid bop changes or laying back for some swinging. Spaulding's alto sound has a fullness that most tenor players would envy - his playing is still as bright and fresh as it was in the 1960's Bluenote days. "Blues Up & Over" is an excellent document of a working band doing it right. And if you can keep from tapping your feet during the track "Blues Up and Over" then you don't have feet.


exhilarating and tight
This cd reminds me of the quality of musicianship we rarely hear today. The group is incrediby attuned to one another, and Spaulding's solos are unsurpassable......

Chad Anderson

RAW, rough, street...the way it IS!
Yeh, when the music makes you STAND UP because you don't know what else to do, that's where it should be! Here's a record done right. The music here is deep, raw and swinging...it has that rough, street thing that comes from life and from cats who KNOW!! REAL! Straight from the get-go, they serve it up! Right on Mr. Spaulding!!
-Chad Anderson