Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Don Pullen - Tomorrow's Promises
Another solid find that I came across while I was in New Orleans was the slightly under-appreciated 1977 album from pianist Don Pullen titled Tomorrow's Promises. Pullen, who first came on the scene as sideman contributing on some brilliant recordings that included Charles Mingus' Mingus Moves, Cecil McBee's Alternate Spaces, Charles Williams' Stickball, among many others finds himself on this album leading a solid cast of musicians that include George Adams (tenor saxophone), Alex Blake (bass), Roland Prince (guitar), 'Hannibal' Marvin Peterson (trumpet), Tyronne Walker (drums), percussionists Bobby Battle, and Ray Mantilla. Many of the record's tracks, like the Afro-Latin flavored jazz gem "Kadji", are funky and very rhythmic in their groove while laying the foundation for some of the album's more free jazz moments. An overall great record from one of jazz music more prolific pianists during the seventies. ENJOY!
Don Pullen - Kadji