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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Kilimanjaro - Quartette Tres Bein

Quartette Tres Bien
Produced by Norman Wienstroer
Decca Records DL 4548

From the back cover: Kilimanjaro is not only the title song of this new Quartette Tres Bien album, it also represents the musical philosophy of the group itself – portraying the jazz musician as a "child of the times" (no pun intended): highly sophisticated, highly educated, the creative artist who is also a master technician. But because he is highly intelligent, he can freely acknowledge the rich primitive heritage from which jazz rose and soared. In Kilimanjaro, an original by pianist Jeter Thompson, the group probes deep into their cultural background, paying tribute to Africa's highest peak. Bongo-congaist Percy James narrates with three conga drums and bongos. Leading off with a subtle interplay between piano and drums, the composition draws its audience slowly away from twentieth century sophistry into a jungle of pulsating emotion. So involved does the listener become, under such hypnotic rhythm, that the impact of its explosive climax, however much anticipated, comes as a breathtaker.

I Left My Heart In San Francisco
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
My Favorite Thing
My One And Only Love
Ramblin' Rose
You Came A Long Way From St. Louis

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