Charles Tolliver – Paper Man

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Paper Man is the debut album led by American jazz trumpeter Charles Tolliver featuring Gary Bartz, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Joe Chambers recorded in 1968 and first released on the British Black Lion label as Charles Tolliver and His All Stars then later released on the Freedom label.

The AllMusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars stated: “Also released by the Freedom label, this was trumpeter Charles Tolliver’s full-length album as a leader. One of the top brassmen to emerge during the era (although he never quite lived up to his potential), Tolliver had the fat tone of a Freddie Hubbard, the adventurous spirit of Woody Shaw and a somewhat original conception of his own that bridged the gap between hard bop and the avant-garde. He performs six of his originals with pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Joe Chambers and (on three of the selections) altoist Gary Bartz. This explorative and stirring music is well worth investigating.”

Track listing:
All compositions by Charles Tolliver

“Earl’s World” – 4:23
“Peace With Myself” – 9:37
“Right Now” – 5:47
“Household of Saud” – 6:06
“Lil’s Paradise” – 7:05
“Paper Man” – 6:11

Charles Tolliver – trumpet
Gary Bartz – alto saxophone (tracks 4–6)
Herbie Hancock – piano
Ron Carter – bass
Joe Chambers – drums


Released: 1975
Recorded: July 2, 1968, at Town Sound Studios, Englewood, NJ
Length: 39:09
Label: Black Lion 2460 139
Freedom AL 1002
Producer: Alan Bates and Charles Tolliver