Let Paul Robeson Sing

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: CIMP
ALBUM TITLE: Joe Mcphee’s Bluette
PERFORMER: Joe McPhee (ts, flg, cl), Joe Giardullo (f, bcl), Michael Bisio, Dominic Duval (b)
CATALOGUE NO: 257 (distr. +1 315 287 2852; www.cadencebuilding.com)

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Some of CIMP’s sessions have a potting-shed feel to them, but this quartet date led by the powerful McPhee, who offers the rare double of both reeds and brass, has a proper gravitas. Conceived as a homage to Paul Robeson, the music finds a tough, argumentative place somewhere between lyricism and a dark, simmering disturbance. RC