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Charles McPherson: Horizons

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These late, 60’s records are particularly successful examples of mainstream modern reactions to the implications of free jazz. They would make strong evidence for the case that this was the natural evolutionary course of the music, cut short by the economic pressures that jazz rock enabled business interests to wield and by the truncated understanding of the music engendered by the jazz schools. More important they are great listening.

Altoist McPherson stretches his Parker-based conception with a wacky sextet-guitar, vibes, piano, bass and drums. Pat Martino, Nasir Hafiz, Cedar Walton, Walter Booker, and Billy Higgins prove their abilities in making this unwieldy combination jell, and the soloists are consistently interesting-you can forget how good Martino could be in those days.

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