Blue Piccolo

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Blue Piccolo
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Studio album by Ted Curson
Released 1976
Recorded July 1, 1976
Studio Vanguard Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length42:50
Label Whynot PA-7153
Producer Masahiko Yuh
Ted Curson chronology
Quicksand
(1974)
Blue Piccolo
(1976)
Jubilant Power
(1976)

Blue Piccolo is an album by American trumpeter Ted Curson which was recorded in 1976 and first released on the Japanese Whynot label and the on India Navigation in the US as Ted Curson & Co.. [1] [2]

Ted Curson Jazz trumpeter

Theodore Curson was an American jazz trumpeter.

Whynot Records was a Japanese jazz record label. Several album of their discography were also released on India Navigation.

India Navigation was an American record company and independent record label that specialized in avant-garde jazz in the 1970s and 1980s. It was founded by Bob Cummins, a corporate lawyer who helped jazz musicians with legal matters. Its catalogue included Arthur Blythe, Hamiet Bluiett, Chico Freeman, Cecil McBee, and the Revolutionary Ensemble. In addition to this, some recordings of minimal music, such as Arnold Dreyblatt, Phill Niblock and Joseph Celli, or Tom Johnson, also appeared.

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Reception

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Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars with its review by Scott Yanow stating, "The distinctive trumpeter Ted Curson is well showcased on this LP... As usual his solos are both adventurous and (due to his appealing tone and roots in earlier styles of jazz) fairly accessible. Worth searching for". [3]

Track listing

All compositions by Ted Curson except as indicated

  1. "All the Things You Are" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) - 9:36
  2. "Blue Piccolo" - 12:29
  3. "Playhouse March" - 7:09
  4. "Song of the Lonely" - 8:05
  5. "Dwackdi Mun Fudalick" - 5:31

Personnel

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References

  1. Ted Curson discography accessed February 27, 2015
  2. Fitzgerald, M., Ted Curson leader entry, accessed February 27, 2015
  3. 1 2 Yanow, S., Allmusic Review accessed February 27, 2015
  4. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 53. ISBN   0-394-72643-X.