Carmell Jones (tp) Jimmy Woods (as) Harold Land (ts) Andrew Hill (p) George Tucker (b) Elvin Jones (d) recorded Los Angeles, CA, March 25 & 26, 1963 Sound by Howard Holzer ( so not Roy DuNann)
Andrew Hill is spelled “Hille” on the credits. Everyone else is spelt correctly.
Contemporary signed Woods soon after Ornette Coleman’s departure to Atlantic, perhaps thinking to continue the direction set by Coleman. Conflict! was Wood’s second record for Contemporary, with more A-list sidesmen than the first. The earlier recording, Awakening!!, shares the same naming convention – one emotional word with an exclamation mark, though Awakening!! has two shriek-marks and Conflict! only one. Exciting!!! Woods’ time in the spotlight was brief, and these two Contemporary releases seem to amount to his entire discography. Couple of recordings with Chico Hamilton 1965-6 and then Woods disappeared completely.
Adventurous hard bop, recorded at a time when bop had mostly passed its golden years and was beginning look restlessly for new directions, be it free, soul, chart-pop, expressionist angst, or just a musician’s idiosyncratic vision. Elvin Jones contributes his trademark thunderous moments, and the rest of the sidemen, Hill and Carmell Jones in particular, are models of creative expression.
Sometimes I like to take a look at what Amazon buyers think of a record. Enthusiasts can often alert you to connections or viewpoints you hadn’t occurred to you.I’m not proud; I’ll steal from anyone. So this is what one reviewer thought of “Conflict”:
“i haven’t listened to this all that much since i got it, but there are some very nice tunes on it and generally superior solos by the likes of andrew hill backed by elvin jones on the drums. if you like obscure stuff with cool people on it you might wanna get this”
A review which earned the writer the following accolade from Amazon shoppers:
“0 of 11 people found the following review helpful”
I know it is only an Amazon automated programme, but that could definitely hurt someones feelings. It is the precision: not even nought out of ten, but nought out of eleven. That’s like below the bottom score. That is hurtful. I know as a blogger, writing often feels like speaking to an empty room. Often not a lot of feedback, only yourself to laugh at your own jokes, but at least not “Hey LJC, nobody liked your last post! Whadya think of that!!)
Vinyl Vogue LAC 571UK release of Contemporary M3612
Mono, usual solid Decca pressing. Holzers engineering falls some way short of Roy Dunanns, and it does somewhat lack the sparkle of DuNann’s handiwork.
Not a rare record, not an expensive one, but a nice one to have, even if it’s rather obscure stuff, on account of the cool people on it. You might wanna get this.