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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CD Review: Harry Allen - For George, Cole and Duke.**

Harry Allen (ten); Ehud Asherie (pno); Nicki Parrett (bs/vcl); Chuck Redd (dms/vbs) + "Little Johnny" Rivero (Latin perc.)
(Review by Lance).
Music is an audio experience but it can also be related to the other senses. Listening to Harry Allen on this disc is, compared to the majority of discs I receive that are full of original  compositions by some kid out of college, like the advent of spring (maybe not this Spring!) That they are by long gone composers, Gershwin, Porter and Ellington, only serves to pose the question - why try to improve upon perfection?

I appreciate this is a rather ambiguous statement and some of the newer kids on the block have indeed made valuable contributions - were this charge to be heard in Newcastle Crown Court I'm sure the defence would cite Paul Edis as Exhibit A. James Birkett and Andy Champion could also be called. However, I think the prosecution case could maybe subpoena a few more!
I digress, this CD is just about as good as it gets for swinging straight down the middle no frills jazz. Allen has assimilated the contributions of the heroes of the past - Lockjaw, Arnett Cobb, Budd Johnson, Ike Quebec - the guys we used to refer to as "The Tough Tenors" - and made them his own. Give him material such as this and it's candy to a baby!
It's been awhile since Allen was in Newcastle. Long overdue I think!
Not that this is a one man show - there's another three men and a woman involved (isn't there always?) The lady in question is Nicky Parrett who not only plays fine bass - dig her solo on They All Laughed - but also (I quote) "croons sweet vocals on "In a Mellow Tone;How Long Has This Been Going On? and Mood Indigo.
Asherie is outstanding on piano and Rivero brings the Latin touch to Love For Sale; Mood Indigo and the rather beautiful Purple Gazelle from Duke's Afro-Bossa album.
Chuck Redd keeps it together on drums but when he takes off on vibes - the rarely heard Gershwin song Who Cares? being a perfect example - he flies!
Always True to You in my Fashion; Happy Reunion; Silk Stockings (Porter); I Love You Samantha; Shall We Dance; By Strauss are the other tracks and every one is Napoleon Brandy, Mahatma Gandhi - Cellophane*
Listen here.
Lance
Available April 7 on Blue Heron Records.
*: From You're the Top by Cole Porter (not on disc).
**: Please make sure the comma is inserted between George and Cole if searching online otherwise you may end up buying a Cortina with a dodgy clutch!***
*** Reference to old TV series Minder featuring George Cole.

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