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1-2 Weeks
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TITLE
Now!
FORMAT
LP

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HS 022LP HS 022LP
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RELEASE DATE
4/13/2010

Vinyl-only release. Part of the Blue Note reissue series from the Heavenly Sweetness label, Now! is one of jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson's most adventurous recordings. Cut with the Harold Land Quintet in 1969, Hutcherson augments the line-up with vocalist the Right Reverend Eugene McDaniels (then Gene McDaniels) and a chorus at the height of Black Power consciousness. The compositions reflect the tightrope Hutcherson and Land walked on their earlier outings together between post-bop and vanguard jazz. "McDaniels' voice is in fine form here, his husky baritone effortlessly coloring the mix. The title cut is a short lullaby written by Hutcherson and McDaniels, tender, simple and haunting as Land's saxophone winds through the shouts of female voices with restraint and elegance. The utter creative vision of Herbie Lewis' 'The Creators' showcases the band at the height of its powers with Stanley Cowell holding the piano chair with killer Latin rhythms, psychedelic electric guitar and a provocative engagement between Land, Hutcherson and the chorus. The original set ends with 'Black Heroes' by Land. A scatted, syncopated piece of counterculture beat jazz, it offers a better portrait of the band than it does of McDaniels or the choral group. A hard bop piece with a striated and knotty vocal intro and finish, it is a fitting and exciting final track." --All Music Guide. Featuring 4 live bonus tracks and pressed on super-heavy 180 gram vinyl in high quality "jazz" sleeves. Members include: Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone, marimba); Eugene McDaniels (vocals); Stanley Cowell (piano); Harold Land (saxophone); Joe Chambers (drums); Wally Richardson (guitar); Herbie Lewis (bass).