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Sunday, May 01, 2016

CD Review: Tony Lustig Quintet - Taking Flight.


Tony Lustig (bar/bs.clt); Mike Dease (tmb); Samora Pinderhughes (pno); Ben Williams (bs); Ulysses Owens (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A cracking session - what else can I say? Great baritone sax playing (endorsed by Joe Temperley in the blurb), compatible trombone alongside him in the frontline and a sympathetic rhythm section. What's not to like?
Wherein lies the problem.
So many good musicians are rolling off the conveyer belts of the music schools, here, in Europe and the States. Each and everyone, sooner, rather than later, has an album on the digital shelves of a cyber record store near you. Some even make it on to the racks of a 'bricks and mortar' music store, but, at the end of the day, there are just too many fish swimming in a small pool.
As I began, Lustig blows fine bari but so did Gerry Mulligan and Cecil Payne. John Surman still does and all of the grandmasters of jazz are even now readily available in a jazz specialist store or online.
So why buy this one? I don't know! If you've heard the band at a gig you're going to put down the dough there and then. But, if you're 6000 miles away, are you going to fork out your hard earned bucks on what you've read here or even in Down Beat?
I have my doubts! However, if you do decide to splash the cash, then you won't be disappointed - I'd swap two of my Mulligan's for this and throw in a Lars Gullin for good measure!
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Lance.

1 comment :

Steven Tulip said...

Know what you mean Lance. We attended a Masterclass at Leeds Uni a while back and, while he acknowledges it's great that kids have such vast access to such a huge amount of music, it makes it more difficult for them to maintain focus on one thing. I wonder how many people know an Amazon basket only stretches to 600 items so I have maybe another hundred on scraps of paper, including Soul, Blues, Reggae, Rock and whatever takes my fancy, some DVDs and books. I also like to buy CDs from any good live bands at gigs cos I know some depend on it.
I love the baritone sax and may well buy this album but it just gets impossible to keep up.

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