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Compass - Compass Rises - When artsts self-releases their own recordings, they do so in the hopes that a hit might develop, or even better, a sphere of influence might form. In a lot of cases these records provide a stamp of existence and intent - a sonic business card showing what musicians were made of. Compass Rises (1973), the privately pressed sole LP by Oneonta, New York's Compass, is both a sampling of versatility and a declaration of straight-ahead purpose. The group consisted of saxophonist and bass clarinetist Rick Lawn, keyboardist Joel Chase, bassist Tom Ives (doubling on flugelhorn), and drummer Al Colone. On the LP, percussion duties were shared across the band as well as an conguero, Ken Parmele. The album is a nod to the post-Coltrane lineage of 1970's jazz - even at it's most spry there's an undertow of workmanlike toughness, perhaps a reflection of the industrial-collegiate hybrid towns in New York where Compass plied their trade. Ives' "Cleanin' Up" starts the proceedings, a modal groover that would not have sounded out of place on a Joe Henderson Milestone LP, coupled with a neat, funky turnaround in the head. "Sunflower" has a slight Latin flavor and while it's not exactly F. Hubbard's "Little Sunflower," it does have a lilt that's both sinewy and breezy, with Lawn's huskily burnished tenor shimmying atop. Following the ballad "Waltz for Barbara," a front line expanded with Ives' flugelhorn opens up on the driving "Blues for Vito," dry and cracking rhythm supporting a tough, metallic dance."Schizoid," the nasally incision of Lawn's soprano saxophone in spiraling turns against pummeling toms and Chase's fuzzed-out intervallic sprawl. "Sour Cream" is a choppy bit of soul jazz, while the closing "Pharoah's Thing" starts off on an elegiac plateau before unfurling with a piquant, minor-key bounce. Compass Rises deserves the critical examination that it likely didn't have upon release.
Compass - Compass Rises - When artsts self-releases their own recordings, they do so in the hopes that a hit might develop, or even better, a sphere of influence might form. In a lot of cases these records provide a stamp of existence and intent - a sonic business card showing what musicians were made of. Compass Rises (1973), the privately pressed sole LP by Oneonta, New York's Compass, is both a sampling of versatility and a declaration of straight-ahead purpose. The group consisted of saxophonist and bass clarinetist Rick Lawn, keyboardist Joel Chase, bassist Tom Ives (doubling on flugelhorn), and drummer Al Colone. On the LP, percussion duties were shared across the band as well as an conguero, Ken Parmele. The album is a nod to the post-Coltrane lineage of 1970's jazz - even at it's most spry there's an undertow of workmanlike toughness, perhaps a reflection of the industrial-collegiate hybrid towns in New York where Compass plied their trade. Ives' "Cleanin' Up" starts the proceedings, a modal groover that would not have sounded out of place on a Joe Henderson Milestone LP, coupled with a neat, funky turnaround in the head. "Sunflower" has a slight Latin flavor and while it's not exactly F. Hubbard's "Little Sunflower," it does have a lilt that's both sinewy and breezy, with Lawn's huskily burnished tenor shimmying atop. Following the ballad "Waltz for Barbara," a front line expanded with Ives' flugelhorn opens up on the driving "Blues for Vito," dry and cracking rhythm supporting a tough, metallic dance."Schizoid," the nasally incision of Lawn's soprano saxophone in spiraling turns against pummeling toms and Chase's fuzzed-out intervallic sprawl. "Sour Cream" is a choppy bit of soul jazz, while the closing "Pharoah's Thing" starts off on an elegiac plateau before unfurling with a piquant, minor-key bounce. Compass Rises deserves the critical examination that it likely didn't have upon release.
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Compass Rises
Artist: Compass
Format: CD
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DISC: 1

1. Cleanin' Up
2. Sunflower
3. Waltz for Barbara
4. Blues for Vito
5. Schizoid
6. Sour Cream
7. Pharoah's Thing
8. Rain Dance

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Compass - Compass Rises - When artsts self-releases their own recordings, they do so in the hopes that a hit might develop, or even better, a sphere of influence might form. In a lot of cases these records provide a stamp of existence and intent - a sonic business card showing what musicians were made of. Compass Rises (1973), the privately pressed sole LP by Oneonta, New York's Compass, is both a sampling of versatility and a declaration of straight-ahead purpose. The group consisted of saxophonist and bass clarinetist Rick Lawn, keyboardist Joel Chase, bassist Tom Ives (doubling on flugelhorn), and drummer Al Colone. On the LP, percussion duties were shared across the band as well as an conguero, Ken Parmele. The album is a nod to the post-Coltrane lineage of 1970's jazz - even at it's most spry there's an undertow of workmanlike toughness, perhaps a reflection of the industrial-collegiate hybrid towns in New York where Compass plied their trade. Ives' "Cleanin' Up" starts the proceedings, a modal groover that would not have sounded out of place on a Joe Henderson Milestone LP, coupled with a neat, funky turnaround in the head. "Sunflower" has a slight Latin flavor and while it's not exactly F. Hubbard's "Little Sunflower," it does have a lilt that's both sinewy and breezy, with Lawn's huskily burnished tenor shimmying atop. Following the ballad "Waltz for Barbara," a front line expanded with Ives' flugelhorn opens up on the driving "Blues for Vito," dry and cracking rhythm supporting a tough, metallic dance."Schizoid," the nasally incision of Lawn's soprano saxophone in spiraling turns against pummeling toms and Chase's fuzzed-out intervallic sprawl. "Sour Cream" is a choppy bit of soul jazz, while the closing "Pharoah's Thing" starts off on an elegiac plateau before unfurling with a piquant, minor-key bounce. Compass Rises deserves the critical examination that it likely didn't have upon release.


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