【Pete La Roca - Basra】(1965) ★★★★

(English follows the Japanese)

 [Dedicate to Mr.Pete La Roca R.I.P]

『偉大なDrummer、Pete La Rocaさんが、残念ながら2012年11月19日、肺がんのために逝去されました(74歳)。このReviewを天国のPete La Rocaさんに捧げます。合掌。』

Pete La Rocaは1938年NY出身のドラマー。1957~1968年の間Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Slide Hampton, the John Coltrane Quartet, Marian McPartland, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Mose Allison, Charles Lloyd, Paul Bley, Steve Kuhnのバンドで活動。何と言ってもジョーヘンの"Page On...e"です。"Basra"(1965)、"Turkish Women at the Bath"(1967)の2枚のリーダー作を残すも, 1968年にMusicianを廃業して弁護士になった!しかも最初の仕事は彼のリーダーアルバムが彼の同意なしにChick Coreaの名義で発売された事件でMuse Recordsを訴えた。で勝訴(笑)。で1979年にMusicianに復帰)。

アルバムタイトルが示す通り(Basra=イラクの都市)、M1の"Malaguena"は中東的なメロディーを持った曲。「中東は勘弁してよ」と思いつつもテーマが過ぎてジョーヘンのアドリブに入ればもうそこは「ジョーヘン・ワールド」。最高です。勿論Steve KuhnもSteve Swallowも最高!M2、La Rocaのオリジナル曲"Candu"でいよいよ中東色が濃くなるかと思いきや、普通のCmのBlues。なんじゃ?同じくLa Rocaのオリジナル曲M3"Tears Come From Heaven"もStraight Aheadでカッコイイ。中東色はナシ。Dm一発の"Basra"でようやく(?)中東色が。しかしSwallowの"Eiderdown"でも最高の"Modern Jazz"が聴けるし、Balladの"Lazy Afternoon" でのジョーヘンの音色の美しさったらもう.....。内容は充実したStragight AheadなHard Bop、しかも「名演」「銘盤」に近い出来です。

(Personnel)
Pete La Roca - drums
Joe Henderson - tenor sax
Steve Kuhn - piano
Steve Swallow - bass
Originally recorded on May 19, 1965 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 
Remastered in 2004 by Rudy Van Gelder

1. Malaguena
2. Candu
3. Tears Come from Heaven
4. Basra
5. Lazy Afternoon
6. Eiderdown

❑ Preview
http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/basra/id48928237

❑ Buy CD
http://www.amazon.co.jp/Basra-Pete-La-Roca-Sims/dp/B00076NYB4/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1343115770&sr=1-1

❑ Video (Audio)
Pete La Roca - Basra ("Basra", 1965)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb12yCAAhK8
Pete La Roca - Lazy Afternoon ("Basra", 1965)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQG5YfHZWdM
Pete La Roca - BASRA (Full Album)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhlUrHd6xlM

[Review]
It is strange to realize that drummer Pete La Roca only led two albums during the prime years of his career, for this CD reissue of his initial date is a classic. La Roca's three originals ("Basra," which holds one's interest despite staying on one chord throughout, the blues "Candu," and the complex "Tears Come From Heaven") are stimulating but it is the other three songs that really bring out the best playing in the quartet (which is comprised of tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, pianist Steve Kuhn, and bassist Steve Swallow in addition to La Roca). "Malaguena" is given a great deal of passion, Swallow's "Eiderdown" (heard in its initial recording) receives definitive treatment, and the ballad "Lazy Afternoon" is both haunting and very memorable; Henderson's tone perfectly fits that piece.

 

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