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Hank JONES, Dave HOLLAND, Billy HIGGINS – The Oracle 1990

Posted in Billy HIGGINS, Dave HOLLAND, Hank JONES, JAZZ on December 4, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Hank JONES, Dave HOLLAND, Billy HIGGINS – The Oracle 1990


This is a beautiful album as you can imagine. Hank Jones, Dave Holland and Billy Higgins fit together naturally. The feel of the musicians here is so loose and supportive. No one brought his ego to the studio the day they recorded this. Hank has a gritty, organic sound, Dave plays with a propulsive quarter note and Billy has this crazy way of understating everything and flooring you with his simplicity at times. I would try to borrow it from the library however ’cause most people can’t afford $60 for an album.
By Keith Maxwell Button.
One could excuse Hank Jones if, at the time of The Oracle, the 70-year-old pianist chose to stick to revivalist bop, but the biggest surprise of this very democratic date is how modern he plays. Jones is Monkish on “Blues for CM” and often sounds more like a contemporary of McCoy Tyner than of Bud Powell, whom Hank was actually born six years before. Bassist Dave Holland has nearly as much solo space as Jones (along with contributing three compositions), and drummer Billy Higgins gets more space than usual. If there is any fault to this otherwise flawless CD (which also has some underplayed standards such as “Beautiful Love” and “Yesterdays”), it is that there are no individual features. But the interplay between the three musicians is quite impressive.
Piano- Hank Jones
Bass- Dave Holland
Drums- Billy Higgins
01. Interface  6:44
02. Beautiful Love  6:45
03. The Oracle  6:48
04. Blues For CM  7:24
05. Yesterdays  6:26
06. Blood Count  8:38
07. Maya’s Dance  5:54
08. Jacob’s Ladder  7:30
09. Trane Connections  5:49

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Billy HIGGINS – Bridgework 1980

Posted in Billy HIGGINS, JAZZ on November 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Billy HIGGINS – Bridgework 1980
Recorded At Los Angeles, CA. April 23rd 1980
1986 Issue. C-14024

This LP features drummer Billy Higgins in a rare leadership role at two unrelated sessions separated by six years. The three titles from 1980 match Higgins with the underrated (and generally underrecorded) but talented tenor James Clay, pianist Cedar Walton and bassist Tony Dumas; they perform Thelonious Monk’s “Evidence,” a standard, and a Walton tune. The equally rewarding later set (cut in 1986) has Higgins, Walton, tenor saxophonist Harold Land, and bassist Buster Williams playing three group originals and a nearly 11-minute rendition of “I Hear a Rhapsody.” The music overall is excellent hard bop with some strong moments but no major surprises.
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
James Clay- Tenor Sax
Harold Land- Tenor Sax #4/6
Cedar Walton- Piano
Buster Williams- Bass
Tony Dumas- Bass #4/6
Billy Higgins- Drums
A1. Evidence 4:54
A2. Bridgework 11:03
A3. Old Folks 6:48
B1. Theme 4:34
B2. Deception 5:51
B3. I Hear a Rhapsody 4:26
B4. Plexus 8:07

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