Herbie Nichols Trio (Tone Poet): Vinyl LP4539615
Label: Blue Note
Release Date: 6th October
Herbie remains a bit of an enigma, his myth only growing after his records released but what is known is that his piano playing was absolutely something else, he seems to command the playing style of two contrasting yet complimentary pianists at the same time with the same pair of hands. Majestic.
Little-known in his time, recognition has grown in recent decades for the pianist Herbie Nichols’ unique style which was introduced on a series of innovative Blue Note releases in the mid-1950s including Herbie Nichols Trio featuring Max Roach on drums and bassists Al McKibbon and Teddy Kotick. This mono Tone Poet Vinyl Edition was produced by Joe Harley, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original analog master tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl at RTI, and packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket.