Originally recorded in 1960, "The Sound Of The Wide Open Spaces!!!
Is more than an inference to the vast expanse that is the state of
Texas, it's also about the music created by James Clay and David "Fathead"
Newman. This remastered Original Jazz Classic from the Riverside vaults
showcases two of the top saxophone players of their day in a most
illuminating fashion. These two men played their hearts out, and they
did a great job of using each others apparent talents to help their
own cause. This is hard bop and blues inflected jazz in one of its most defining moments.
As each player bounces notes off of each other, the rest of the band
adds their integral parts to make the sum of the parts into one whole,
thereby creating one big jazz party that anyone would be hard pressed
to match. And that includes the legendary players that have come and gone over the years.
This music bops, swings, and grooves the time away. The opening track
"Wide Open Spaces" gets you all warmed up with over 12 minutes of
pure bop, and it doesn't stop after that. Newman and Clay lead you
to the promised land of jazz with their intricate melodic sense of
their instruments. Once again blues and jazz are forever linked showing
why jazz is considered by musicians to be the highest art form. It's
recordings like this that give credence to that belief.
Here is yet another OJC that you simply cannot live without.
1. Wide Open Spaces-12:08
2. They Can't Take That Away From Me-6:26
3. Some Kinda Mean-6:32
4. What's New-5:42
Cannonball Adderley - Producer
James Clay - Flute, Saxophone, Sax (Tenor), Performer
Sam Jones - Bass
Wynton Kelly - Piano
Art Taylor - Drums
David "Fathead" Newman - Saxophone, Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor), Performer