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  by Dustin Garlitz  

       February 2005:

      Horace Silver’s Lonely Woman is possibly the most beautiful jazz ballad written since Body and Soul.  Featured on the 1964 Blue Note record Song For My Father, this composition was later put to words by Leonard Feather.  The next year Gato Barbieri made his debut on Don Cherry’s Complete Communion.   This album is comprised of two suites performed spontaneously.  One of my favorite Blue Note albums was recorded around this time…Grant Green’s Feelin’ the Spirit. Just listen to the way Green improvises on Go Down Moses.  Wayne Shorter’s Speak No Evil is the only Blue Note record to rival Feelin’ the Spirit during 1964.  If you want to hear something earlier than 1960s hard-bop, buy Thelonious Monk’s Genius of Modern Music (Volumes I and II) or Kenny Dorham’s Afro-Cuban.