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Quartet by The Giuseppi Logan Quartet

This reissue of the original 1964 album signifies a cutting-edge avant, jazz session presented by three renowned instrumentalists and woodwind ace Giuseppi Logan who subsequently drifted into obscurity. As the story goes, Logan’s sax work and involvement in the ‘60s free-jazz scene faded due to his unpredictable behavior and frequent drug use. However, he is reportedly alive and residing in the New York City area. A shame indeed, given his forward-looking vision evidenced throughout a superb outing that weathers the sands of time in rather luminous fashion.

Logan commences the festivities via a free-form jazz-world music groove while performing on Pakistani oboe during "Tabla Suite." Here, drummer Milton Graves’ tabla patterns set the pace for a piece that is shrouded in mysterious sensibilities. Nonetheless, Logan’ injects weaving panoramas, complete with pianist Don Pullen’s swerving chord progressions and animated single note lines. As a good portion of this album is centered upon intense, free-jazz stylizations and the leader’s punctuated extended note phrasings, spiced with rippling outbursts.

Many of these movements provide imagery of music executed within circular frameworks. Ever-evolving and rapidly rotating, Logan seemingly dances and darts his way through the preponderance of these mini-motifs. Then on "Taneous," bassist Eddie Gomez stretches out as the band surges onward with breakneck speed, where they seemingly navigate through a maze of diametrically opposed routes. Overall, this wonderful gala sounds as though it could have been recorded yesterday. That notion alone speaks volumes. (Essential listening for progressive-jazz and jazz-improvisation advocates.... )

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: The Giuseppi Logan Quartet
  • CD Title: Quartet
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2008
  • Reissue Original Release: 1964
  • Record Label: ESP-DISK
  • Musicians: Giuseppi Logan (alto sax, tenor sax, Pakitani oboe, bass clarinet, flute), Don Pullen (piano), Eddie Gomez (bass), Milford Graves (drums, tabla)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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