Jazziz (10/95, p.36) - "...SOME OTHER STUFF...has more than its share of exploratory moments, and even 31 years later the music still sounds advanced..."
Personnel: Grachan Moncur III (trombone); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Herbie Hancock (piano); Cecil McBee (bass); Anthony Williams (drums).
Producer: Alfred Lion.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on July 6, 1964. Originally released on Blue Note (84177).
While the trombone was ever-present during the Swing and bebop eras, there weren't that many players on the avant-garde scene. One of the earliest and best modernist trombonists was and remains Grachan Moncur III. SOME OTHER STUFF, originally issued in 1964, is one of Moncur's few discs as a leader. He assembled a tremendous band for this session: three-fifths of the classic Miles Davis 1960s quintet (Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, and Wayne Shorter) and bass ace Cecil McBee. STUFF is hardly a free-for-all, though--Moncur's originals feature knotty melodies, fiercely focused ensemble playing, and off-kilter yet potent swing.