Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Ted Dunbar: Secundum Artem (1980)

Dunbar kept a low profile throughout his career, but turned up on some awfully good records — Tony Williams' Ego and Sam Rivers' Sizzle (see below) to name just two — and covered some seriously wide-ranging stylistic ground in the process. This sweet and unassuming session of Dunbar compositions is played by a superb group of name players all sharing Dunbar's intent: to play the song. That's the thing about guitar players, see? Most of 'em want to play the guitar more than they want to do anything else. Not Dunbar. He even manages to wring real beauty from "Giant Steps," a tune deliberately designed to thwart musicality from all but the best players. Take that, guitar players.

Secundum artem, by the way, translates from the Latin as something like "according to the rules of art."

Ted Dunbar (g)
Steve Nelson (vib)
Kenny Barron (p)
Rufus Reid (b)
Al Foster (d)

  1. Steps Etude - 3:05
  2. It's About Everything - 8:38
  3. Rare Moment - 2:25
  4. Blues Convergence - 7:12
  5. You Say You Saw What? - 7:32
  6. Rhythmic Convergence - 8:58
Recorded June 12, 1980, RCA Studios, NYC
Originally released as Xanadu LP 12": 181
These files acquired at eMusic, ca. 2003, and obviously ripped from an LP.

5 comments:

Festoonic said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/180752373/Dunbar.zip

fslmy said...

awesome, many thanks

Carlos said...

fantastic!!! thanks a lot for posting such wonderful jazz

Cosmo Vitelli said...

Thank you Festoonic. I had recently Dubar's Opening Remarks, a great cd edition. I really was looking for more and this looks beautiful. From Tommy Flanagan to Kenny Barron! Ted had some taste speaking of to pianists.

Anonymous said...

THANX FOR THIS RARITY! CONTINUING ON MY SEARCH FOR OOP XANADU MUSIC