The Bob Belden Ensemble - Treasure Island (1989)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:16:03 | Size: 174.16 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Treasure Island Suite (Belden)
01. Treasure Island - 7:40
02. Deja Vu - 9:17
03. The Treasure - 4:51
04. Rites of Passage - 5:15
05. The Goodbye - 1:20
06. The Voyage Home - 6:42
07. Directions (Zawinul) - 5:55
08. Face on the Barroom Floor (Shorter) - 3:48
09. Miss Razeau (Belden) - 5:00
10. Country Cornflakes (Watson) - 6:17
11. Love from the Heart (Belden) - 7:27
12. Basin Street Blues (Williams) - 5:49
13. Pas de Deux (Belden) - 6:47
Bob Belden - tenor sax, leader, arranger
Craig Handy - tenor, soprano sax
Tim Reis - tenor, soprano sax
Chuck Wilson - clarinet, flute
Ron Kozak - bass clarinet, alto flute
Mike Migliore - alto sax, flute, piccolo sax
Glenn Wilson - baritone sax
Peter Reit - flugelhorn
Tim Hagans, Jim Powell - trumpet, flugelhorn
John Fedshock - trombone
George Moran - baritone tuba
Carl Kleinsteuber - tuba
Marc Copland - piano
Jay Anderson - bass
Jeff Hirschfield - drums

Recorded at Power Station, New York on August 12-13, 1989
For his recorded debut as a leader, Bob Belden put together an adventurous and thought-provoking set of highly original music. The tenor saxophonist's six-part 34-minute Treasure Island Suite reads in the liner notes like a fantasy novel with overtones of The Twilight Zone. The gradually evolving music (which explores many moods) fits the narrative and contains excellent solos from Belden (who is most influenced by Wayne Shorter), the plaintive trumpet of Tim Hagans, pianist Marc Cohen, altoist Mike Migliore, and Craig Handy's tenor. Belden also composed three of the other seven selections, arranging all of them, including Joe Zawinul's rarely performed but still modern "Directions," the Wayne Shorter ballad "Face on the Barroom Floor," the driving Bobby Watson piece "Country Cornflakes" (which has some intense Glenn Wilson baritone), and a modern rendition of "Basin Street Blues." Even with the fine solos, it is the variety of moods set by the colorful arrangements of Bob Belden that make Treasure Island a very impressive debut.

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