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Herbie Nichols

One of jazz's most tragically overlooked geniuses, Herbie Nichols was a highly original piano stylist and a composer of tremendous imagination and eclecticism. He wasn't known widely enough to exert much influence in either department, but his music eventually attracted a rabid cult following, though not quite the wide exposure it deserved.

Nichols was born January 3, 1919, in New York and began playing piano at age nine, later studying at C.C.N.Y. After serving in World War II, Nichols played with a number of different groups and was in on the ground floor of the bebop scene. However, to pay the bills he later focused on Dixieland ensembles; his own music -- a blend of Dixieland, swing, West Indian folk, Monk-like angularity, European classical harmonies via Satie and Bartók, and unorthodox structures -- was simply too unclassifiable and complex to make much sense to jazz audiences of the time. Mary Lou Williams was the first to record a Nichols composition -- "Stennell," retitled "Opus Z," in 1951; yet aside from the song he wrote for Billie Holiday, "Lady Sings the Blues," none of Nichols' work got enough attention to really catch on.

He signed with Blue Note and recorded three brilliant piano trio albums from 1955-1956, adding another one for Bethlehem in late 1957. Nichols languished in obscurity after those sessions, though; sadly, just when he was beginning to find a following among several of the new thing's adventurous, up-and-coming stars, he was stricken with leukemia and died on April 12, 1963. In the years that followed, Nichols became a favorite composer in avant-garde circles, with tributes to his sorely neglected legacy coming from artists like Misha Mengelberg and Roswell Rudd. He also inspired a repertory group, called the Herbie Nichols Project, and most of his recordings were reissued on CD. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Complete Blue Note Recordings

Disc 1

1. The Third World

2. The Third World (Alternate Take)

3. Step Tempest

4. Dance Line

5. Blue Chopsticks

6. Double Exposure (Alternate Take)

7. Double Exposure

8. Cro-Magnon Nights

9. Cro-Magnon Nights (Alternate Take)

10. It Didn't Happen (Alternate Take)

11. Amoeba's Dance

12. Brass Rings (Alternate Take)

13. Brass Rings

14. 2300 Skiddoo (Alternate Take)

15. 2300 Skiddoo

Disc 2

1. Shuffle Montgomery (Alternate Take)

2. It Didn't Happen

3. Crisp Day

4. Shuffle Montgomery

5. The Gig

7. Hangover Triangle

8. Lady Sings The Blues

9. Chit Chatting

10. House Party Starting

11. The Gig (Alternate Take)

13. Furthermore

14. 117th Street (Alternate Take)

15. 117th Street

16. Sunday Stroll

Disc 3

1. Nick At T's

2. Furthermore (Alternate Take)

3. Terpsichore

4. 'orse At Safari

5. Applejackin' (Alternate Take)

6. Applejackin'

7. Wildflower

8. Mine (Alternate Take)

9. Mine

10. Trio

12. The Spinning Song (Alternate Take)

13. The Spinning Song

14. Riff Primitif

15. Riff Primitif (Alternate Take)

16. Query (Alternate Take)

17. Query

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another amazing talent taken too soon!!
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thank you for unearthing this great jazz talent,after over 60 years of serious listening to our greatest gift to the world, its awesome to discover a new voice !
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raynorthport
caught my ear from the other room.
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yeah ... i really like this cat's playing
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natashasilk
Wow...never heard of him before, but what a great player. Thanks for the introduction !
Natalie
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millard49
check out his album "the third world' a blue note reissue.
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People, you gotta check this guy out! Boogie Woogie/ Avant Garde. Unlike anything I've ever heard! NOT "'ORSE AT SAFARI!" With all due respect, his music sounds like a ghost with a derby on running up the stairs.

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