Hadley Caliman (ts, fl), Hotep Cecil Barnard (p), Kenny Jenkins, David Williams (b), Brent Rampone, Elvin Jones (d)
Reference: FSRCD 896
Bar code: 8427328608961
Inspired by Dexter Gordon, Hadley Harold Caliman (1932-2010) began playing tenor at 14 and from 1949 to 1951 was part of Roy Porter’s youthful L.A. band that included such soon-to-be notables as Eric Dolphy, Sonny Criss, Joe Maini, and Art and Addison Farmer. A drug-fuelled decade of prison terms, however, put his potential on hold.
Released in 1960, he cleaned up and by 1963 made his first record date as a soloist on pianist Frank Strazzeri’s debut album for Pacific Jazz, but neither it nor two pieces he recorded with altoist Earl Anderza’s sextet were released at the time. He spent the rest of the 60s mainly in Bobby Bryant’s quartet and Gerald Wilson’s band, and worked with Bola Sete, Don Ellis and Mongo Santamaria.
If his diverse capabilities were appreciated among musicians at the highest level, he remained dissatisfied and moved to San Francisco area. There he was finally recognised as an original soloist on sax and flute, making his leader debut on record in 1971. During that decade he led three more albums and was a sideman on several with jazz greats Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson or Bobby Hutcherson, and rock star Carlos Santana.
These Catalyst albums, Projecting (1976) and Celebration (1977), illustrating perfectly his vibrant, virile playing—which, despite echoes of Coltrane, is very much his own—remain the best examples we have of the most creative years in his extensive career.
01. Projecting (Hadley Caliman) 5:20
02. Smearzo (Hadley Caliman) 5:16
03. Her (Kenny Jenkins) 5:44
04. I Love You (Hadley Caliman) 4:23
05. Song for My Queen (Cecil Barnard) 6:36
06. The Latin Thing (Hadley Caliman) 5:17
07. Little One (Hadley Caliman) 6:17
08. Presenting Mr. Jones (Hadley Caliman) 5:54
09. My Marie (Hadley Caliman) 6:52
10. Gala (Hadley Caliman) 7:12
11. Separation Blues (Hadley Caliman) 3:30
12. Schyleen (Cecil Barnard) 4:35
13. Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn) 8:30
14. Two for T (Caliman-Jones) 4:52
Tracks #1-7, from the album “Projecting” (Catalyst CAT-7604)
Tracks #8-14, from the album “Celebration” (Catalyst CAT-7624)
Personnel on "Projecting":
Haldley Caliman, tenor sax & flute; Hotep Cecil Barnard, piano Kenny Jenkins, bass; Brent Rampone, drums.
Recorded at Golden State Recorders, San Francisco, 1976
Personnel on "Celebration":
Hadley Caliman, tenor sax & flute; Hotep Cecil Barnard, piano David Williams, bass; Elvin Jones, drums.
Recorded at Sage & Sound Studio, Hollywood, June 7, 1977
Original recordings produced Pat Britt Sound
Engineer: Vance Frost (#1-7) and Jim Mooney (#8-14)
Photos: Scott Windus
Original cover designs: Cynthia Marsh / Scott Windus
This CD release produced by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24 Bit Digitally Remastered
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