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Birds of a feather - Tweetingly good !,
This review is from: Birds of a Feather (Audio CD)
This tip top cd is Alan Barnes third session with American artists (Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen being the others) and probably the pick of the bunch with Greg Abate being his guest here.Abate,not previously known to me,has a wealth of experieince in jazz and has featured in Artie Shaw's big band and also the Ray Charles orchestra so the credentials are there.
This good natured session recorded live in Leicester in 2007 sees both men at the very top of their form. Six original compositions book ended by two standards "Hot House" and "Be-bop" really give these guys some ideal material to show their be-bop chops.Abate is a fleet fingured be-bop altoist with a pleasant tone,quick fire phrasing and a good supply of improvisatory ideas.Barnes has similar credentials as most of us know and i think they provide the ideal partners for each other.The eight tunes weigh in at over seventy minutes which gives the soloists time to fully develop their ideas.The live sound is good - so good in fact that i didn't realise it was a live recording until the second or third track when there is some audience applause.
The rhythm section are great with John Donaldson on piano outstanding as always with his usual constant flow of inventive ideas.Pick of the album ? A difficult one really but i guess "Birdfeeder" is probably gets the nod for what is probably the most complex tune performed in a Latin/bossa style and both men offering creative but very different solos.
All in all this is a great album for fans of straight ahead be-bop jazz and i couldn't recommend it enough.Raise a festive glass of cheer to Alan Barnes and co. Another outstanding Woodville records release.