Thursday, December 20, 2012

Light Blue - Arthur Blythe Plays Thelonious Monk

Light Blue - Arthur Blythe Plays Thelonious Monk

I had a passionate affair with Arthur Blythe's cello-guitar-tuba band a few years ago. I had heard Lenox Avenue Breakdown and I had In The Tradition, but the bug didn't bite me until I happened upon Illusions. From there I found Blythe Spirit and was on my way to  discovering this band and the haunting, unforgettable Blythe tone. About five years ago in 2007 I found Light Blue at the old Underdog Records in lower Queen Anne. By then I was actively looking for this group, but I didn't know they did a Monk album, now one of my favorite Monk interpretations. My old cold beer buddy asked for a copy so I figured this was a good enough reason to start posting these discoveries.

All compositions by Thelonious Monk
  1. "We See" - 6:30
  2. "Light Blue" - 5:12
  3. "Off Minor" - 6:48
  4. "Epistrophy" - 8:38
  5. "Coming On the Hudson" - 6:05
  6. "Nutty" - 6:45

Arthur Blythe - alto saxophone
    Abdul Wadud - cello
      Kelvyn Bell - guitar
        Bob Stewart - tuba
          Bobby Battle - drums

            Columbia Records, 1983

            24/96 LP transfer, V0 mp3 download. 

            24/96 LP transfer, 24/96 FLAC download.


            1. I've a friend who would love to hear Blythe Spirit and I've been looking all over for a decent rip... Could you help?

            2. I believe I can. I'll do my best to post it within the month.

              1. fent - as requested

            3. Am I glad I "stumbled" on your blog (with the help of L). What a wealth of undeservedly oop albums. Thank you!

            4. Thanks for this! Also thanks for the listen to "Spirit!" All of Arthur's CBS work deserve the same reissue treatment of Lenox Ave IMHO! Do you have access to Bush Baby by any chance?

            5. Hi porter_esq
              Many, many thanks for these rips! I've really enjoyed hearing these, all for the first time. Might be one of the great runs of albums in the 70s. I and my friend who I've passed these on to are really grateful.

              1. 1980's! Makes it all the more amazing to me.

              2. 1980s of course... These are great!