Friday, August 14, 2009
A beautifully eccentric, and fairly rare solo record by the great Bobby Few, an underrated pianist , who moved to Paris in the late 60's after working and recording with the Likes of Booker Ervin...
Few is best known as the pianist in the 70'S collective centre of the world quartet,fronted by Frank wright , who were as it happens also pioneers,recording
releasing and distributing their own records , first on centre of the world ,and then the sun label.
Sadly distribution was fairly limited ,at the time those two great labels existed , and re-issue has not been forth coming for most of these glorious records .
and.. they remain extravagantly expensive collectors items.
Few was also in Steve Lacy's marvellous sextet ..for about a decade.
This is an oddly fragmented, record .. with Few singing on the first piece ,girls girls girls .
The lyrics might almost be a beach boys parody.
This whole album , for me
brings to mind anothner great eccentric , be-bop era veteran , Jimmy Rowles( also a great pianist) with a penchant for almost flippant irony , delivered in an unhurried laid back style.
Many thanks to our music buddy and benefactor Pierre for sharing this
with us.... a test pressing no less!!
an after-thought- one of my very favourite Few performances is on 'the flame' a
phenomenal Lacy trio record on 'soul note 'from 1983.... check that out if you have an opportunity!
more info on Few....