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Stanley Cowell’s Brilliant Circles: A Lost Treasure of Hard Bop

In the late ‘60s, as the jazz scene and the jazz audience was splintering in various directions, the inventive, ever evolving hard bop movement was getting recorded less and less by the established U.S. companies like Blue Note and Prestige, leaving documentation up to small independents, European labels and musician-owned imprints. Stanley Cowell’s Brilliant Circles, made in New York for the British Black Lion/Freedom label, is a perfect example. The music is state-of-the-art and ensemble’s core (Cowell, Bobby Hutcherson and Joe Chambers) comes from the Bobby Hutcherson-Harold Land Quintet of the period. One of hard bop’s lost treasures.

-Michael Cuscuna
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