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Synergy by Authur Blythe David Eyges and Bruce Ditmas

This is - intentional or not - a tribute to the late Julius Hemphill. These fellows use the same line-up J.H. often used, and they evoke the same balance of thoughtful freedom and loping, Southern-drenched, not-far-from-the-Delta blues. The opener "Morning Call" has a slight "Peter Gunn"-tinge to it. The haunting "Earth Tones" has Eyges making guitar-like sounds, Blythe wails the late-night, "Gloomy Sunday" blues like he hasnT got a friend left in the world (but that's OK by him) and Ditmas juggles an ominous pulse with free percussion sounds.

The title track has the best playing I've ever heard from Blythe - rich and biting as Jackie McLean in the 60s, a hearty (though somber) David "Fathead" Newman earthiness, and Hemphill's tart bluesiness and feel for The Groove. Ditmas storms and supports like Elvin Jones and Eyges is the Jack Bruce of the cello. Not too "out," but not mainstream at all. Sharp, adventurous yet URGENT music with plenty of guts and drive that demands and earns your attention.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Authur Blythe David Eyges and Bruce Ditmas
  • CD Title: Synergy
  • Year Released: 1996
  • Record Label: In & Out Records
  • Musicians: Authur Blythe (alto sax), David Eyges (cello), Bruce Ditmas (drums)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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