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Pure Pleasure Records | Candid

Cal Massey ‎– Blues To Coltrane

$45.00

Pure Pleasure Records | Candid

Cal Massey ‎– Blues To Coltrane

$45.00

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Cal Massey was an important figure within the jazz community during the 1950s and 1960s. Writing for many prominent jazz artists with such compositions as ‘Cry of My People’ by Archie Shepp, ‘Assunta’ by Freddie Hubbard, ‘Fiesta’ by Philly Jo Jones and ‘Bakai’ by John Coltrane are amongst his many reputable works. Artists who paid tribute to his invaluable contribution to the world of jazz include Clifford Jordan on ‘Glass Bead Games’, Stanley Cowell on ‘Illusion Suite’ and more recently Fred Ho and Quincy Saul with their tribute album ‘The Music of Cal Massey’ recorded in 2011.

After an early career playing in big bands, his choice to switch from trumpet towards writing compositions and arrangements seemed a natural transition, with many renowned jazz artists seeking his talent for their own recordings. His involvement with radical groups affiliated with the civil rights movement made for a contentious relationship with major recording companies during the highly politically charged period of American history, preventing him from releasing albums under his own name through their mediums.

In 1961 he recorded ‘Blues To Coltrane’, a solid straight-ahead jazz album, which was posthumously released in 1987 on the revived Candid record label. The music is deceptively unassuming with real depth, yet seemingly simplistic in its delivery. Throughout the album, subtle touches and a soulful sensitivity illuminate the compositions with restraint and understanding that portrays a message. - UK Vibe

Label: Candid ‎– 9029, Pure Pleasure Records ‎– CJS 9029

Format: Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Reissue, 180 gram

Country: UK

Released: 31 Jul 2019

Genre: Jazz

Style: Hard Bop