Charles Tolliver / Music Inc – Compassion


(Strata-East, Pallas, Pure Pleasure Records Limited) – (SES-8001)

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Re-mastering by: Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

On to my short review. I have to admit that I’m biased in favour of Charles Tolliver. He plays with a combination of strength and sweetness that goes beyond mere language. The fact that he is self -taught is more miraculous. This particular recording has the best sound quality I’ve ever heard. The clarity is stunning and all the music is magnificent. The recording is so good, one can hear the sound of a musician’s fingertips accidentally brushing across the bass strings, for example. Alvin Queen is always brilliant on the drums. This group has a synergy that just goes so deep, it feels like they’re reading each others’ minds. But I can’t recommend this enough. It’s some of the best recorded jazz I’ve ever experienced.

Format: 12″ Vinyl
Label: Strata-East, Pallas, Pure Pleasure Records Limited
Catalogue Number: SES-8001
Record Condition: Near Mint (NM or M-)
Sleeve Condition: Near Mint (NM or M-)

No Title Duration
A1 Earl’s World 13:10
A2 Impact 5:33
B1 Compassion 10:50
B2 Truth 9:42


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