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The Leaders

Unforeseen Blessings

Black Saint 120129-2

Item: full_album_8024709054326_CD

Artists :
Chico Freeman ( Tenor & Soprano Sax, Bass Clarinet )
Famoudou Don Moye ( Drums, Percussion )
Kirk Lightsey ( Piano )
The Leaders ( Band )
Lester Bowie ( Trumpet )
Arthur Blythe ( Alto Sax )
Cecil McBee ( Bass )
Release date
Dec 28, 1989

The Leaders was a veritable supergroup of leftward-leaning, mid-'80s jazz stars. Its front line was comprised of three of the era's important personalities trumpeter Lester Bowie, from the decade's most critically acclaimed band, the Art Ensemble of Chicago; alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, whose Columbia albums of the time almost (but not quite) brought free jazz a measure of popular acceptance; and tenor saxophonist Chico Freeman, who made a series of records that melded the best of mainstream jazz with the passion and originality of the avant-garde. The horns combined with pianist Kirk Lightsey, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Famoudou Don Moye to make a pair of generally fine, if unspectacular, records.

(source: iTunes Review)

(Original Vinyl LP also available)