Arthur Blythe – In The Tradition / Lenox Avenue Breakdown / Illusions / Blythe Spirit

Catalogue no: BGOCD1242 | Double CD



  • Jazz alto saxophonist Blythe’s first four albums for Columbia, dating from 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981
  • Blythe had previously been a sidesman for Gil Evans, McCoy Tyner and Lester Bowie amongst others
  • Blythe has had a long and successful recording career, though in recent years he has been plagued by ill-health and now suffers from Parkinson’s Disease
  • Digitally remastered and slipcased
  • Extensive new notes
  • Read Basic Beauty: Arthur Blythe on Columbia by Jakob Baekgaard on All About Jazz website


In The Tradition:

  1. Jitterbug Waltz
  2. In A Sentimental Mood
  3. Break Tune
  4. Caravan
  5. Hip Dripper
  6. Naima

Lenox Avenue Breakdown:

  1. Down San Diego Way
  2. Lenox Avenue Breakdown
  3. Slidin’ Through
  4. Odessa


  1. Bush Baby
  2. Miss Nancy
  3. Illusions
  4. My Son Ra
  5. Carespin’ With Mamie
  6. As Of Yet

Blythe Spirit:

  1. Contemplation
  2. Faceless Woman
  3. Reverence
  4. Strike Up The Band
  5. Misty
  6. Spirits In The Field
  7. Just A Closer Walk With Thee


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