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Even though this 10 track CD by trumpeter-composer Tom Harrell is a large dose it leaves you wanting more, but certainly not because of any deficiencies; just because everything is so darned good.
He opens with "Va.," a simply constructed piece that he and saxophonist Wayne Escoffery take at differing tempos, resulting in complementary solos. Their band mates: pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Ungonna Okegwo and drummer Jonathan Blake all contribute to make this a most worthy effort.
Perhaps his best solo is on "Fountain," a waltz-like ballad begging for a lyric. His attack is similar to that of Miles Davis; he doesn't try to fill the air with bunches of notes but instead make each one count for something important.
"THE UNFORGETTABLE NHOP TRIO LIVE"
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Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen was my favorite living bassist until the day he died.
What is more important is that he also was a favorite of those musicians who count. Bud Powell hired him at age 15. He worked and recorded with Oscar Peterson for decades, joined Count Basie's band at 17 and toured with Sonny Rollins at 18.
On this release, we hear him in trio with guitarist Ulf Wakenius and drummer Jonas Johansen. Likely the most ear catching is the little Danish folk song, "I Skovens Dybe Stille Ro" on which he carries the entire solo portion backed by Wakenius' rhythm guitar.
"Lines" is more equitable with the guitarist ramping up an already fast and brilliantly executed tune. The trio's treatment of "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and "The Song is You" is remarkable.
"CYRUS PLAYS ELVIS"
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The superbly talented pianist Cyrus Chestnut dips deep into the "hallowed" treasure chest of Elvis Presley hits for this four star recording.
With bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Neal Smith, Chestnut gets underway remaking "Hound Dog" into a more than just acceptable jazz selection. More of the same follows with great jazz interpretations of "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender," " Heartbreak Hotel" and more.
Saxophonist Mark Gross adds his melodic lines on "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Don't."
"SARAH VAUGHAN LIVE AT THE 1971 MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL"
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Sarah Vaughan, the greatest jazz singer of all time, picks you up and transports you to a front row seat at the 1971 Monterey Jazz Festival with this brilliant live recording.
She begins her concert with "I Remember You" complete with side comments directed at someone in the audience. It all seems like a lot of fun. From there, she delivers a short take of "The Lamp is Low" and a classic rendition of "Round Midnight" followed by a quickie version of "There Will Never Be Another You."
Through all these tunes, Vaughn is working with pianist Bill Mays, bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Jimmy Cobb. She closes out his grand event, as producer Jimmy Lyons brings on a group of all stars including Bill Harris, Clark Terry, Roy Eldridge, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Benny Carter, Zoot Sims, Mundell Lowe, John Lewis and Louis Bellson for a nearly 15-minute "Monterey Jam."
Dick Bogle hosts a weekly jazz radio show 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays on 89.9 FM.