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martes, 27 de marzo de 2018

Howard Alden • Take Your Pick



Review by Scott Yanow
Although best-known for his work in mainstream swing settings, guitarist Howard Alden has long been interested in later periods of jazz. On this superior outing, he doubles on seven-string acoustic and electric guitars (which allow him to add basslines). Lew Tabackin is on four of the ten numbers (three on tenor, one on flute) and pianist Renee Rosnes appears on six songs (including a duet with Alden on "Warm Valley"), while bassist Michael Moore and drummer Bill Goodwin are on seven. Alden takes "My Funny Valentine" and "After All" as unaccompanied solos but it is his meetings with Tabackin, particularly on exciting versions of two complex Herbie Nichols songs ("House Party Starting" and "The Gig") that are most notable. Recommended.


Tracklist:
1 - I Concentrate On You - 7:02
2 - U.M.M.G. Upper Manhattan Medical Group - 6:59
3 - House Party Starting - 6:46
4 - Warm Valley - 4:22
5 - The Gig - 6:35
6 - My Funny Valentine - 4:50
7 - Sweet And Lovely - 7:13
8 - You're My Thrill - 6:52
9 - How Deep Is The Ocean - 6:32
10 - After All - 4:38
Credits:

Bass – Michael Moore
Drums – Bill Goodwin
Piano – Renee Rosnes
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Lew Tabackin
Guitar – Howard Alden

Label: Concord Jazz ‎– CCD-4743
Released: 1997
Genre: Jazz
Style: Bop, Swing

Recording Date: March 16, 1996 - March 18, 1996
Recording Location: Sound On Sound Recording, Inc., New York, NY








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