Where technology meets art
Warne Marsh, At The Ice House Pasadena, August 1971 -- Pasadena, California
In the annals of jazz, there are a few giants who have played so originally and so brilliantly they have become legends and deserve the title of genius. Warne Marsh is one of those. Although never achieving the popularity of someone like Getz, he is as brilliant a player as has ever touched the tenor saxophone and no one has played like him since. Marsh is highly cerebral and dry, playing long and complex improvisational lines in strict metric time, demanding the serious listener to sit up and pay attention. Recorded here at the Ice House in Pasadena, all the excitement of that live original performance is captured here. Although the tape contains minor technical flaws, such as fade outs, both horns on one side, these in no way distract from the total experience of a true genius caught in top form.