Compass - Rises CD

SKU 21-IN 10
First-ever CD release!

“Amazing modal jazz session with a deep warm vibe to it and awesome mellow electric piano. Such a great lost gem!”

"This one sort of straddles the line between electric modal jazz and early jazz-rock/fusion styles. But unlike many albums of this ilk from the early 70s US jazz scene, this lacks any of the free and freaky elements that were in vogue at the time. Instead, it embraces a more reserved and melodic sound, reminiscent of certain "brit-jazz" works that were being produced across the pond in the UK. .... Speaking of the Rhodes, anyone who (like myself) is a big fan of this classic instrument should consider this a mandatory listen, as the album is absolutely drenched in it from start to finish."-AC

“When artsts self-releases their own recordings, they do so in the hopes that a hit might develop, or even better, a sphere of influence might form. In a lot of cases these records provide a stamp of existence and intent - a sonic business card showing what musicians were made of. Compass Rises (1973), the privately pressed sole LP by Oneonta, New York's Compass, is both a sampling of versatility and a declaration of straight-ahead purpose.
The group consisted of saxophonist and bass clarinetist Rick Lawn, keyboardist Joel Chase, bassist Tom Ives (doubling on flugelhorn), and drummer Al Colone. On the LP, percussion duties were shared across the band as well as an conguero, Ken Parmele. The album is a nod to the post-Coltrane lineage of 1970's jazz - even at its most spry there's an undertow of workmanlike toughness, perhaps a reflection of the industrial-collegiate hybrid towns in New York where Compass plied their trade.
Ives' "Cleanin' Up" starts the proceedings, a modal groover that would not have sounded out of place on a Joe Henderson Milestone LP, coupled with a neat, funky turnaround in the head. "Sunflower" has a slight Latin flavor and while it's not exactly F. Hubbard's "Little Sunflower," it does have a lilt that's both sinewy and breezy, with Lawn's huskily burnished tenor shimmying atop. Following the ballad "Waltz for Barbara," a front line expanded with Ives' flugelhorn opens up on the driving "Blues for Vito," dry and cracking rhythm supporting a tough, metallic dance."Schizoid," the nasally incision of Lawn's soprano saxophone in spiraling turns against pummeling toms and Chase's fuzzed-out intervallic sprawl. "Sour Cream" is a choppy bit of soul jazz, while the closing "Pharoah's Thing" starts off on an elegiac plateau before unfurling with a piquant, minor-key bounce.
Compass Rises deserves the critical examination that it likely didn't have upon release.”
  • LabelKray
  • UPC8016108031664
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