Just Found Joy – Rich Corpolongo

Just Found Joy - Rich Corpolongo Artist: Rich Corpolongo
Album: Just Found Joy
Release Date: 1996
Duration: 01:04:49
Genre: Pop/Rock, Jazz
Styles: Post-Bop, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz
Recording Date: July 11, 1995 & July 12, 1995

Delmark has been great about documenting Chicago-based musicians who are respected locally, but little known outside of the Windy City. A good example is Rich Corpolongo, who had been playing post-bop and avant-garde jazz around Chicago for decades when, in 1995, Delmark finally gave him a chance to record as an leader. The reedman sticks to his own compositions on his debut album, Just Found Joy, a varied effort that finds him joined by Chicagoans Larry Luchowski (piano), Eric Hochberg (acoustic and electric bass), and Mike Raynor (drums, percussion). Corpolongo’s pieces range from difficult, abstract numbers like “Try To, If You Can” and “Time Impulse” to the smoky, dusky “Hey, What’s Happening,” the congenial “La Blues,” and the impressionistic “Valse.” Corpolongo is heard on the alto and soprano sax as well as the clarinet, and he sees to it that this decent, if imperfect, debut is far from predictable. It’s regrettable that the Chicagoan waited so long to record as a leader.

Title/Composer Performer Time
Valse / Rich Corpolongo Rich Corpolongo feat: Rich Corpolongo Quartet Plus Two 8:00
Time Impulse / Rich Corpolongo Rich Corpolongo feat: Rich Corpolongo Quartet Plus Two 7:46
La Blues / Rich Corpolongo Rich Corpolongo feat: Rich Corpolongo Quartet Plus Two 7:39
Hey, What’s Happening / Rich Corpolongo Rich Corpolongo feat: Rich Corpolongo Quartet Plus Two 9:57
Just Found Joy / Rich Corpolongo Rich Corpolongo feat: Rich Corpolongo Quartet Plus Two 7:57
Try To, If You Can / Rich Corpolongo Rich Corpolongo feat: Rich Corpolongo Quartet Plus Two 4:45
Time Sense / Rich Corpolongo Rich Corpolongo feat: Rich Corpolongo Quartet Plus Two 7:11
The Way It Is / Rich Corpolongo Rich Corpolongo feat: Rich Corpolongo Quartet Plus Two 11:34

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