LP: Blue Note BST 84198
1 Catta (Hill)
2 Idle While (Chambers)
3 Les Noirs Marchant (Hill)
4 Dialogue (Chambers)
5 Ghetto Lights (Hill)
6 Jasper (Hill) [CD Bonus Track]
Recording Date & Location
"Catta" is an unusual work. Like many of Andrew Hill's compositions, it sounds both avant-garde and earthy. "Idle While" is a gentle, caressing tune, one of many that Chambers composed and recorded with Hutcherson. (Chambers also wrote many of the most "out" compositions that Hutcherson recorded, such as "Dialogue" and all of the pieces on the second half of Components.)
"Les Noir Marchant" is a strange and oddly beautiful march. Between the main theme at the beginning and the re-statement of the theme at the end, the focus is on texture and collective playing rather than solos. In some ways, this is more like a classical composition than a jazz piece. "Dialogue" is difficult to describe. As the title implies, talking about this song is like trying to explain the ebb and flow of a conversation.
"Ghetto Lights" is the most mainstream song on the record. It features stunning solos from Rivers (on soprano sax) and Hutcherson, who is almost impossibly bluesy. "Jasper" is another a straight-forward swinger. Hubbard especially seems to relish the opportunity to let loose and blow.
Dialogue is a fascinating CD, one of the seminal Blue Note recordings
of the 1960's.