Recorded at Contemporary Studio Los Angeles, CA 1976 (the Living Legend session) with Hampton Hawes, Charlie Haden, Shelly Manne


From the Memoir:
It's a composition that illustrates Art’s genius for a dramatic structured
narrative and embodies, in the actual chart, as no standard could,
all Art’s morphing ambiguities of mood, his subtlety, mystery,
and sweetness, his solid, swinging funkiness, and the chaos in
his rage. It also maps the full range of his musical experience,
from blues and swing to bebop and beyond, his evolution as an
artist. Before I heard “Ophelia,” I’d based my respect for Art on
the opinions of others and then on the effect on me of his beauty
and swing. Now Art’s music was teaching me how to listen and
what to listen for.




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