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ARTIST
TITLE
Members, Don't Git Weary
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
SD 1510LP SD 1510LP
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RELEASE DATE
12/28/2009

Exact repro reissue, manufactured by Rhino. "Although Max Roach was very much a product of the be-bop revolution of the 1940s, he proved to be quite receptive to modal post-bop and avant-garde jazz in the 1960s. One of the finest post-bop dates Roach recorded during that decade was 1968's Members, Don't Git Weary, which finds the drummer leading a cohesive modal quintet that employs Gary Bartz on alto sax, Charles Tolliver on trumpet, Stanley Cowell on acoustic and electric piano, and Jymie Merritt on electric bass. Despite the use of electric instruments, this isn't an album that emphasizes rock or funk elements or predicts the fusion explosion that was just around the corner -- Members, Don't Git Weary is very much a straight-ahead effort, and the harmonic richness of modal playing is illustrated by such gems as Cowell's 'Equipoise,' Bartz's 'Libra,' and Merritt's 'Absolutions.' Roach's title song boasts a memorable, gospel-influenced vocal by Andy Bey, but all of the other selections are instrumental." -- All Music Guide