Dave OHiggins Quintet Eric Alexander - Sketchbook

Dave OHiggins Quintet Eric Alexander - Sketchbook

  • Genre: Jazz
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Artist: Dave O'Higgins Quintet & Eric Alexander
Title Of Album: Sketchbook
Year Of Release: 6 April 2009
Label: Jazzizit
Genre: Jazz, Bebop, Cool Jazz
Quality: MP3 / Joint Stereo
Bitrate: VBR 191kbit av. / 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 59:15 min
Total Size: 85.83 mb
"A real old-school two-tenor blowing session" is how Dave O'Higgins describes this album in which he is paired with fellow tenor player Eric Alexander, plus rhythm section James Pearson (piano), Arnie Somogyi (bass) and Kristian Leth (drums).
The band's material (familiar not only in itself, but also to the band, who recorded it live in the studio straight after a three-night stint at Ronnie's) ranges from classic jazz flagwavers (Sonny Rollins's 'Why Don't I', McCoy Tyner's 'Inner Glimpse', Dizzy Gillespie's 'Ow!') and standards ('I Can't Give You Anything but Love') to a couple of what O'Higgins calls 'originals in the idiom' (straightforward accommodating changes laced with blues), and the quintet address it with suitable panache and swagger, leaving no four untraded, no climax unburned-up.
Informality and unpretentious mutual spark-striking are thus the album's hallmarks, O'Higgins and Alexander clearly delighted by each other's playing and infecting Pearson, in particular, with similar enthusiasm; if the pairing has a fault it's that the two men sound too much alike, but this is rather beside the point, because this is patently designed solely as a good-time album, a souvenir for those fortunate enough to have caught the band live, and a sample of what they missed for those not present.
Armchair listeners, coming to it cold, might well wish the repertoire had been a little more adventurous, but again, this isn't strictly relevant; this is an album to relax to and enjoy.
1. Why Don't I 5:41
2. Inner Glimpse 7:20
3. Frith Street Blues 6:02
4. Estate 6:06
5. Ow! 6:49
6. I Can't Give You Anything But Love 6:16
7. Sketch Book 9:09
8. I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life 5:04
9. Water Jug 6:48

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