Flute Fever [CD]
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- Style(s)Fusion, Post-Bop
- Product NameFlute Fever [CD]
- Release Date12-06-2013
- Vendor GenreJazz
- LabelColumbia / International Phonograph
- ArtistJeremy Steig
- Album Length3171 seconds
- No Of Songs8
- Explicit ContentNo
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
A wild flute ride -- fasten your safety belts!PostedRon4Sure
Of all the jazz flute recordings the genre has produced, nothing comes remotely close to "Flute Fever" for astonishing originality, for wild flights of fancy propelled by hard-driving, breathy, aggressive tonguing mixed with hum-along wailing, that is absolutely relentless in its attack. From an uptempo version of "Oleo," to a fasten-your-seatbelts version of "So What" (with a subdued, moody, surprise surprise intro by the brilliant pianist Denny Zeitlin) and a series of other standards along the way, Jeremy's flute soars in an endless, dizzying series of loops and spirals that will take your breath away. You have never heard the flute performed this way, with such striking originality. The ideas pour out of Jeremy's flute in a wild and boundless profusion. I vividly remember hearing this recording late at night over the radio for the first time when I was in high school. It shattered all preconceived notions of what flute as a jazz instrument could do. I almost fell out of bed, I was so astonished. And nothing that has followed it by way of jazz flute recordings has really come anywhere close. Other tunes include "Blue Seven," "Willow Weep for Me," "Lover Man" (with a gorgeous, memorable solo by Denny Zeitlin that is the pinnacle of beauty), and "Well You Needn't." Jeremy Steig (fl), Denny Zeitlin (piano), Ben Tucker (bass), Ben Riley (drums). This was Jeremy's debut album, produced by John Hammond for Columbia Records. It was also Denny Zeitlin's debut. He is such a wonderful pianist, and his highly original ruminations here are absolutely the perfect counterpoint to Jeremy's flights of fancy. This is finally being released on CD in December (2013), and its release is long overdue. Bette Davis once famously advised her guests to fasten their seatbelts, but I promise you she never remotely experienced a ride like this.
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