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Timeless Finest Jazz / Various Artists

Various Artists - Timeless Finest Jazz

Dopeness Galore

Timeless Records was established in Holland in 1975 initially as a means to expose US jazz artists to a European audience. Compiled by the folks behind the Kindred Spirits label this twelve track disc unearths some absolute gems. The album opens in fine style with Rodney Jones' dreamy fusion piece 'Articulation' from 1978, before slipping into 'Moonchild' and 'Africa' by Pharoah Sanders. Batida are represented with their versions of 'Ponteio' and 'Vera Cruz' and there's also a great version of Horace Silver's 'Sayonara Blues' by The Bronx Horns. Other highlights are Carter Jefferson's majestic 'The Rise Of Atlantis', Benny Golson's tribute to John Coltrane, 'Times Past (This Is For You, John)' and 'Aquelas Coisas Todas' by Samba Trio. For the vinyl junkies there's also a four track sampler available.

Andy Allen, 02/06