* Another Way Out features a sensational group of talent, with a scope that ranges
from sensual to high power combustion!
* Bass' dynamic combination of unique sounds stands alone
"Bassist Bass, as Leader might be hard to find, but worth the search."
( Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide)
All Music Guide rating: 4 1/2 Stars
In the late 'Forties, Jazz gave birth to a new Harmonic concept. The use of the 'flat-five' chord, with dissonance allowed the young soloists of that generation to stretch their musical ideas much further. 'Be-Bop' had arrived, with Harlem as its' spawning ground.
The Patriarchs of 'Be-Bop' Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker and Max Roach used this music as a 'rite of passage'. These geniuses of Innovation stood alone. 'Be-Bop' was considered so exotic and dazzlingly delirious, that the 'old-school' of the time declared "Those 'Get-Off' Guys? They're playing Chinese Music!"
Those Founding Fathers of Be-Bop, also stood quite apart from one another. Their Jazz revolution, as all revolutions do, created upheaval. This upheaval extended even amongst the ranks of the 'Be-Bop' revolutionaries themselves. The Music fostered the development of each individuals' sound and personality; each Artist became immediately identifiable. Thus, the 'Be-Bop' revolution achieved more freedom of expression for Jazz Artists.
The popularity of smaller Bands continued into the late 'Fifties, the period realized both the freer forms, which Ornette Coleman envisioned; longer solo's, demanding 'denser' and more intricate solo-work ( later taken to an apex by Eric Dolphy and John Coltrane through their use of 'modes' ) and the work of 'Straight-ahead' Jazz Artists such as Art Blakey, or Miles Davis through his use of more symphonic concepts.
Few in Jazz Music stand alone; those 'Founding Fathers' all stood together, completely alone….."Another way Out" groups together several unique Musicians, who also stand together, entirely on their own
(excerpts from the liner notes)
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