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Buster Bee


Download links and information about Buster Bee by Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake. This album was released in 1978 and it belongs to Jazz, Avant Garde Jazz, Avant Garde Metal genres. It contains 6 tracks with total duration of 45:43 minutes.

Artist: Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake
Release date: 1978
Genre: Jazz, Avant Garde Jazz, Avant Garde Metal
Tracks: 6
Duration: 45:43
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No. Title Length
1. Buster Bee 10:21
2. Vator 5:53
3. Fertility 6:58
4. 'S' 8:14
5. A Stand 4:29
6. Flesh Turns Chi 9:48



During the mid- and late '70s, countless duo recordings were released by members of the jazz avant-garde. While the driving force behind this strategy was economic (two could travel much more cheaply than six or more), this necessity also forced the artists to construct new and challenging strategies for playing, especially when the combination of instruments was less than traditional. At the time of this recording, Hemphill and Lake already formed half of the World Saxophone Quartet, but Buster Bee allows them an unusual intimacy that fosters some lovely playing and interaction. They stick to the higher reeds (and flutes), imbuing the pieces with an airy quality as they effortlessly interweave lines and ideas. All of the tracks are composed (though allowing for substantial improvisation) and are a pleasingly varied bunch, from the jaunty title track to the achingly elegiac "Fertility." Both players are near the top of their game, with subtle liquid phrasing giving way to impassioned cries on a moment's notice. Recommended.