Charles Tolliver – The Ringer (1969)

Charles Tolliver - The Ringer (1969)
Artist: Charles Tolliver
Album: The Ringer
Genre: Hard Bop
Origin: USA
Released: 1969
Quality: mp3, 256 kbps
Plight 7:11
On The Nile 12:34
The Ringer 5:44
Mother Wit 8:45
Spur 4:56


This is the Charles Tolliver record to get, although it may be hard to find. The masterful trumpeter, in a quartet with pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Steve Novosel, and drummer Jimmy Hopps, plays five of his strongest compositions. Highlights include the powerful “On the Nile,” “The Ringer,” and “Spur,” but each of the numbers has its memorable moments. Tolliver is heard at the peak of his creative powers; it is strange that he never received the fame and recognition that he deserved.
Review by Scott Yanow