Charles Sullivan: Genesis
Charles Sullivan has always been highly regarded by his peers if a bit obscure to the general jazz-listening public. He started playing around New York City in 1966, and worked with a diverse collection of leaders including Sy Oliver, the Collective Black Artists, Lionel Hampton, the Jazz Composer's Workshop, and Count Basie, as well as working the pit bands of several Broadway shows. This 1976 album, available for the first time on CD, was his first release as a leader using his own material. He is joined by a number of excellent musicians, including Alex Black on bass, Sonny Fortune on alto sax, Dee Dee Bridgewater on vocals, Billy Hart on drums, Stanley Cowell on piano, and others. This is a long overdue release, and one no jazz fan will want to miss.
Five-star Review "Charles Sullivan deserves full honors for this lyrical debut album... Sullivan has created a satisfying aural experience, an acoustic set electrified with feeling, alternating blue and brightly burning." ---DownBeat Magazine