The Clare Fischer Big Band - Thesaurus (1968/2013) [Hard Bop, Latin Jazz, World Fusion]; FLAC (image+.cue)

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The Clare Fischer Big Band - Thesaurus (1968/2013) [Hard Bop, Latin Jazz, World Fusion]; FLAC (image+.cue)

Unread postby Mike1985 » 26 Oct 2020, 09:32

Artist: The Clare Fischer Big Band
Album: Thesaurus
Genre: Hard Bop, Latin Jazz, World Fusion
Label: Atlantic/WEA/Warner
Released: 1968/2013
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)
  1. The Duke (Fischer) - 5:03
  2. Miles Behind (Fischer) - 5:13
  3. Calamus (S.Fischer) - 4:54
  4. Lennie's Pennies (Tristano) - 5:30
  5. 'Twas Only Yesterday (Fischer) - 6:38
  6. Bitter Leaf (S.Fischer) - 7:11
  7. Upper Manhattan Medical Group (Strayhorn) - 4:18
  8. In Memoriam (John F. & Robert F. Kennedy) (Fischer) - 1:57


  • Clare Fischer - piano, Fender-Rhodes electronic piano
  • Gary Foster - lead alto saxophone
  • Kim Richmond - alto saxophone
  • Louis Ciotti, Warne Marsh – tenor saxophone
  • Bill Perkins - baritone saxophone
  • John Lowe - bass saxophone
  • Larry McGuire, Buddy Childers (#1,2,4,5,8), John Audino (#3,6,7), Conte Candoli, Steve Huffsteter, Stewart Fischer - trumpets
  • Gil Falco, Charley Loper, David Sanchez - trombones
  • Morris Repass - bass trombone
  • Chuck Domanico - bass
  • Larry Bunker - drums

Clare Fischer's big-band release was only briefly available as an Atlantic LP but it has finally reappeared in the CD era after a brief appearance under another title on LP some ten years after its first release. Fischer's potent originals and first-rate arrangements bring out the best in his musicians, which include Warne Marsh and Conte Candoli (featured on "Miles Behind"), Bill Perkins on a work trumpeter Stewart Fischer specially composed for the baritone saxophonist ("Calamus"), and alto saxophonist Gary Foster featured with Marsh on Lennie Tristano's "Lennie's Pennies." A well-conceived chart of Billy Strayhorn's "Upper Manhattan Medical Group" swings mightily. The leader even makes a rare appearance on alto sax in the brief "In Memoriam" dedicated to the assassinated Kennedy brothers.
Review by Ken Dryden

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