HADLEY CALIMAN AND PETE CHRISTLIEB - REUNION
(Origin 82569)
  1. 1 LITTLE DEX (Bill Anschell)
  2. UP JUMPED SPRING
  3. Comencia (Hadley Caliman)
  4. GALA (Hadley Caliman)
  5. I Thought About You
  6. Untitled (So far) (Pete Christlieb)
  7. East Side Crawl (Bill Anschell)
  8. Untitled (So far) (Pete Christlieb)
  9. Love For Sale

HADLEY CALIMAN - tenor saxophone
PETE CHRISTLIEB - tenor saxophone
BILL ANSCHELL - piano
CHUCK DEARDORF - bass
JOHN BISHOP - drums



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HADLEY CALIMAN - STRAIGHT AHEAD
(Origin 82551)
  1. Cigar Eddie
  2. Rapture
  3. You Leave Me Breathless
  4. Cathlamet
  5. Blues PT
  6. Lush Life
  7. Totem Pole
  8. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

HADLEY CALIMAN - tenor saxophone
THOMAS MARRIOTT - trumpet
ERIC VERLINDE - piano
PHIL SPARKS - bass
MATT JORGENSEN - drums

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HADLEY CALIMAN - GRATITUDE
(Origin 82499)
  1. Back For More (5:22)
  2. This Is New (5:55)
  3. Invitation (5:41)
  4. Kickin' On The Inside (6:55) {mp3 clip}
  5. Comencio (4:19) {mp3 clip}
  6. Linda (3:48) {mp3 clip}
  7. If (6:16)
  8. Joe Joe Dancer Bossa Nova (5:17) {mp3 clip}
  9. Old Devil Moon (3:41)

HADLEY CALIMAN - tenor saxophone
THOMAS MARRIOTT - trumpet
JOE LOCKE - vibes
PHIL SPARKS - bass
JOE LA BARBERA - drums

REVIEW FROM JAZZ TIMES MAGAZINE (JUNE 2008)
It's been 31 years since his last album, but veteran West Coast saxophonist Hadley Caliman shows he's still got chops in this brisk, joyous return. Caliman's tone has a natural, humanist sound, with a soft edge and a voicelike cadence that makes even quick-tempo burners feel uniquely personal. Joe Locke's effortlessly cascading vibe lines and Joe La Barbera's tasty, rolling drum work provide steady momentum, while Caliman and trumpeter/producer Thomas Marriott make merry with gliding solos and warm bonhomie.
-Forrest Dylan Bryant

REVIEW FROM AUDIOFILE AUDITION (by Jeff Krow)
Hadley Caliman's hiatus as a recording leader has been for way too long -approaching three decades. He has not been in hiding - he simply left the craziness of our few jazz Meccas and settled in Seattle, where he has kept busy playing gigs in the Emerald City jazz clubs and also serving as a senior member of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra

Caliman's main period of recording was in the 70s, when he released four records for Mainstream and Catalyst. During that same time period he played as a sideman for fusion and rock bands, and had a memorable solo on Santana's Caravanserai release.

Well, Hadley is back with a new release for Origin which features the great Joe Locke on vibes, and Origin trumpet artist, Tom Marriott. Locke is featured on This is Now and Marriott shines on Back for More. Comencio is Latin grooved. The full range of Caliman's tenor is found on Invitation.

Hadley is in his mid 70s and still has great tone and power. I am hopeful that this CD will get national airplay to reinvigorate his career as well as honor the talent of the sidemen on this CD, especially the brilliant Joe Locke and drummer, Joe LaBarbera, one of the last of Bill Evans' drummers.

Great to have you back on the recording scene, Hadley…..

REVIEW FROM ALLABOUTJAZZ.COM (by John Barron)
Legendary west coast saxophonist Hadley Caliman made his mark by touring and recording with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson and Santana. For Gratitude, his first recording as a leader in three decades, Caliman is joined by vibist Joe Locke, bassist Phil Sparks, drummer Joe LaBarbera and trumpeter Thomas Marriott, who also produced the recording.

The disc opens with Marriott's "Back For More," a 6/8 minor blues. The simplistic, captivating theme and energetic groove sets the stage for a session full of unrelenting energy. Well into his seventies, Caliman holds his own with his somewhat younger crew, playing with the confidence and inventiveness of someone half his age. The veteran weaves through the Kurt Weill obscurity "This Is New" with sophisticated playfulness and soars gracefully on his own Afro-Cuban-inspired burner "Comencio."

"Linda," Caliman's meditative tribute to his wife, is reminiscent of John Coltrane's "Naima" with its hauntingly sparse theme and bass pedal-tones. Locke's out-of-time floating behind the melody is satisfyingly hypnotic.

Things really start to cook by the time Joe Henderson's "If" is introduced. Supported by Sparks' rock-solid walking pulse, Marriott, Caliman and Locke blow through the angular blues form with imaginative vigor, setting up raucous twelve-bar exchanges with LaBarbera. On "Joe Joe Dancer Bossa Nova," another Caliman original, Marriott tips his hat to Hubbard with crackling lyricism.

Gratitude is an exceptional comeback for an unsung maverick of modern jazz. Hopefully the next one doesn't take thirty years.

 

 



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