Saturday, December 22, 2012

Ted Curson - Flip Top

Ted Curson - Flip Top

I discovered Ted Curson the same moment I discovered Eric Dolphy, when someone laid a cassette of Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus on me my first month of school. It was a revelation in every aspect, from the compositions to the free improv to the blurred lines in between, to the raw sound of a piano-less Mingus quartet, to the seemingly instinctual communication between the musicians, especially Danny Richmond and Mingus. Ted Curson's name was etched in my mind, although I could not find him on another Mingus record. I barely found him at all except for his Tears for Dolphy album, a 1964 session recorded in Paris. Flip Top features more tunes from that session with tenor saxophonist Bill Barron and two of his tunes (Desolation and Light Blue) on side one. Side two is a different story. Recorded live at the 1966 Yugoslavia Jazz Festival, Curson is featured with the Zagreb Radio Orchestra on three of his compositions. He blows some great solos, and the arrangements are tight enough to fly, loose enough to vamp, and an interesting look at a composer with a couple years under Mingus's baton on his resume. Makes me wonder why on one ever gave Mingus the Zagreb Radio Orchestra.

All compositions by Ted Curson except where noted.

1. Searchin´ For The Blues
2. Desolation (Barron)
3. Light Blue (Barron)
4. Quicksand
5. Straight Ice
6. Flip Top

Ted Curson - Trumpet
Bill Barron - Tenor Sax
Herb Bushler - Bass
Dick Berk - Drums
recorded Paris, 1964

Ted Curson with the Zagreb Radio Orchestra, arr. Zita Carno
recorded live at 1966 Yugoslavia Jazz Festival

Arista/Freedom, 1977

24/96 LP transfer, V0 mp3 download. (66.4 MB)

24/96 LP transfer, 24/96 FLAC download.
TedCurson-FlipTop[FLAC].zip (666.4 MB)

1 comment:

  1. A new discovery for me, this Ted Curson record from former Yugoslavia. Thank you!