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Henry Grimes Trio - The Call

ESP Disk

  • £24.28

Format: LP
Catalogue No.: ESP1026LP
Barcode: 825481102612
Release Date: 26th March 2021
Genre: Jazz

A1. Fish Story
A2. For Django
B1. Walk On
B2. Saturday Nite What Th'
B3. The Call
B4. Son of Alfalfa

LP FORMAT DETAILS: LP is pressed on 180g black vinyl and is limited to 500 units worldwide.

It has occasionally been assumed that Henry Grimes got this December 28, 1965 recording date as a reward for his long service in the avant-garde of jazz. Having already honed his musical conception with a varied range of players, from Benny Goodman and Arnett Cobb to Lee Morgan, Gerry Mulligan, and Sonny Rollins to McCoy Tyner, Steve Lacy, Albert Ayler (including ESP 1020, Spirits Rejoice), Don Cherry, and Cecil Taylor (to name just a few), the service was certainly there, but he got this gig fully on his merits.

For The Call Grimes teamed with highly original clarinetist Perry Robinson (as label owner Bernard Stollman has noted, "a virtuoso who merits far wider recognition...and this recording reflects both of their contributions, in equal measure") and stalwart drummer/ESP-Disk' regular Tom Price. As a bassist, Grimes's melodic style is well up to the task of being co-equal voice with a horn, resulting in a thoughtful and texturally rewarding LP with a level of quality far above the rote sideman session cliche, and far away from equally clichéd ideas of unrelentingly full-bore free jazz. It offers the sound of three excellent musicians listening to each other and responding superbly. The Juilliard-trained Grimes appeared on six other ESP LPs besides those already mentioned. He retired at some point after the last of them, 1967's Marzette Watts LP, and went so far off the scene that it was rumored that he had died. Happily, that was not the case, and he reemerged in 2003, moved back to New York, and returned to his prolific ways until illness slowed him down and then took him from us earlier this year (2020).

This limited edition of 500 is on black 180-gram vinyl and features the original artwork.


"Grimes is renowned for his contribution to many of Albert Ayler's recordings, but this session finds him in musical territory that often recalls the experiments of AACM members like Anthony Braxton or the Art Ensemble of Chicago, rather than fiery New York purveyors of the New Thing. There is also a debt to Ornette Coleman style composition, particularly on ‘Walk On and ‘Saturday Night What Th'.’ While pieces often erupt into action, the album is notable for its spaciousness, and the restless details of interplay rather than combustion and power.

"Perry Robinson's playing throughout is exemplary, as often firing off staccato phrases over a roiling underbelly of activity as reiterating melodic lines. By turns reminiscent of Ornette Coleman and at other times recalling Eric Dolphy, it seems surprising that he never became much better known among free jazz players. Interestingly, he has been playing with Grimes again since his reappearance.

"The Call is an important reissue. It confirms Henry Grimes as one of the most creative bass players in 1960s New York, as well as adding further to the mythology of ESP-disk who first issued it. Their policy of allowing complete creative control by the artist allowed many great, idiosyncratic recordings to be released. The Call is one of the finest." – D.Konstrukt, monoculartimes.co.uk

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