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Jazz - Released January 1, 1997 | Blue Note Records

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Herbie Nichols occupies a special place on the podium of unfairly forgotten heroes in the history of jazz. This virtuoso, who died of leukaemia at the age of 44, was an innovative pianist with lyrical and rhythmic melodies that were very original for their time. Fascinated by Thelonious Monk, he found his own sound by mixing influences as disparate as Dixieland, Caribbean and classical music by the likes of Bartók or Satie. His transition to Blue Note led to three trio albums: The Prophetic Herbie Nichols Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (recorded in May 1955 with Al McKibbon on double bass and Art Blakey on drums) and Herbie Nichols Trio (recorded in August 1955 and April 1956 with Teddy Kotick and Al McKibbon on double bass and Max Roach on drums). This box set brings all these recordings together with the added bonus of alternative takes. His improvisations, complex rhythmic patterns, and personal compositions make this Blue Note box set a brilliant gateway into the world of a truly “different” jazzman. In 1957, Herbie Nichols recorded his last record for Bethlehem Records - the equally important Love, Gloom, Cash, Love with George Duvivier on double bass and Dannie Richmond on drums - before falling into oblivion and being eaten away by the illness that took over his life in April 1963... Years later, avant-garde musicians like Misha Mengelberg, Roswell Rudd and Steve Lacy helped bring his music back into the public eye. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz