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Thursday, September 22, 2016

CD Review: Joshua Breakstone - The Cello Quartet: 88

Joshua Breakstone (gtr); Lisle Atkinson (bs); Andy Watson (dms); Mike Richmond (cello).
(Review by Lance).
As the review copies arrive in ever increasing numbers I'm enveloped in guilt. My postman is already bent and withered, and he's only a young man. The cat trembles at the sound of the combination of CDs  and Tandoori takeaway/pizza menus that land on the doormat.
I classify the discs - vocals for Ann or Debra; familiar contemporary. names for Russell; slightly outré for Hugh; ultra outré for Steve H and a combination of the lot for Steve T - particularly if there is a guitar in the mix. The rest are pigeon - holed for whichever charity shop I like least. Then there are the ones I know will hit my car stereo.
This is just such a one.
Breakstone is my kind of guitarist - like he swings! Not only that, Mike Richmond on cello also swings and cellos aren't noted for their  jazz pendulum qualities!
Superb playing on compositions by some of the best of the first and second generation of bebop masters. Harold Mabern's The Chief; Sonny Clark's' News For Lulu; Cedar Walton's Black; Soul Eyes from the pen of Mal Waldron; An original by Breakstone; Eighty-Eight; Elmo Hope's Moe Is On; Lolita by Barry Harris; Tadd Dameron's sumptuous If You Could See me Now and Lennie's Pennies - a piece composed by Lennie Tristano and guitarist Billy Bauer, probably back in the early 1950s.
Breakstone does the composers proud. Fluent hornlike soloing interspersed with rich chordal passages mark down Breakstone as a born again Christian [Charlie].
Richman, as I've remarked in previous reviews, occupies the area 'twixt guitar and bass and I'd have loved, by way of contrast, to have heard some bowed cello solos. The rich tonal qualities of the instrument are less obvious in pizzicato mode. Nevertheless, all that aside, this is still a very listenable disc and I know it will be played again and again even though I've now got Jazz FM on the car stereo - in fact, particularly because I've now got Jazz FM on the car stereo!
Available October 21 on Capri Records.
Lance.

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