Herbie Nichols – Love, Gloom, Cash, Love (1958/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:42 minutes | 931 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records
Love, Gloom, Cash, Love was the final album American jazz pianist Herbie Nichols recorded as a leader. Recorded in 1957, just six years before his death at 44 from leukemia, the album’s lyrical theme examines the complicated relationship between love and money. Nichols was accompanied by Mingus drummer Dannie Richmond and bassist George Duvivier on the album which includes the standards Too Close for Comfort and All the Way.
Recorded a year after his last landmark Blue Note dates, this album finds Nichols performing in the familiar trio setting again – this time with Mingus drummer Dannie Richmond and bassist George Duvivier. These performances may be less animated than Nichols’ earlier sides as a leader, but that’s not to suggest the pianist’s writing or playing had become pedestrian or predictable. The absence of the powerhouse drummers Art Blakey and Max Roach makes these ten tunes easier to appreciate upon first listen. Richmond’s characteristic bombast and humor are kept in check here. With the drummer maintaining straight, subdued rhythms, Nichols’ complex melodies and solos shine that much brighter – especially on such standout originals as the album’s title track, “Beyond Recall,” and “S’Crazy Pad.”
01 – Too Close for Comfort: Too Close For Comfort
02 – Every Cloud
03 – Argumentative
04 – Love, Gloom, Cash, Love
05 – Portrait Of Ucha
06 – Beyond Recall
07 – All The Way
08 – 45′ Angle
09 – Infatuation Eyes
10 – S’Crazy Pad
Recorded on November 10, 1957 in NYC.
Remastered in 2013.
Herbie Nichols – piano
George Duvivier – bass (tracks 1-8 & 10)
Dannie Richmond – drums (tracks 1-8 & 10)