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ECM Touchstones: The Great Pretender

By: Lester Bowie

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DISC 1 for ECM Touchstones: The Great Pretender Album By Lester Bowie iTunes CD Universe
1   The Great Pretender Buy    
2   It's Howdy Doody Time Buy Buy  
3   When The Doom (Moon) Comes Over The Mountain Buy Buy  
4   Rios Negroes Buy    
5   Rose Drop Buy    
6   Oh, How The Ghost Sings Buy Buy  

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Lester Bowie took the trumpet and improvisational music in his own, unique direction. His ECM debut as a leader is a fascinating and fun sonic amalgam. Bowie's highly original approach combined the avant-garde, traditional and irreverent

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Bowie stretches the title tune to over 16 minutes with an artful and witty exploration of trumpet sounds, from brassy declarations to low blasts to half-valve techniques that sound like muttered asides. With backup vocals by Fontella Bass and David Peaston and a raucous baritone saxophone interlude by Hamiet Bluiett, the Platters' doo-wop classic becomes suspended between kitsch and concerto. On the rest of the CD, Bowie is backed by a very creative rhythm section of underrated players, Donald Smith on piano and organ, Fred Williams on acoustic and electric basses, and Phillip Wilson on drums. Together they range skillfully from the camp of "It's Howdy Doody Time" to the free jazz of "Doom?" to the Latin funk of "Rios Negroes." --Stuart Broomer

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