The blues, the alto saxophone and the cello have created a surprisingly rich jazz legacy since the early ’70s. The partnership of Julius Hemphill and Abdul Wadud-epitomized by Hemphill’s classic “Dogon A.D.” and “The Hard Blues”-is its obvious cornerstone, but altoist Arthur Blythe and cellist David Eyges have also played crucial roles. Wadud was an integral part of Blythe’s late ’70s and early ’80s ensembles, as evidenced by In Concert, the CD reissue of Blythe’s two India Navigation LPs. The blues is the central element of two Music Unlimited LPs that are arguably Eyges’ best recordings as a leader: ’80’s The Arrow, with saxist Byard Lancaster and ’81’s Crossroads, with Lancaster and drummer Sunny Murray.
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