A Special Alliance

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
During the late '70s when older styles of jazz came back into favor, a number of young players received the lion's share of the attention. But while the Marsalis brothers and other young guns were hogging the spotlight, a number of veteran players -- who had never left classic jazz -- continued to work quietly in the background. The upside of the revival, however, was that players like pianist John Bunch would find sympathetic audiences and record labels that appreciated their work. Bunch has served as a sideman for a number of greats including Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich, but he's also a capable leader. On A Special Alliance he's joined by bassist Dave Green and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
During the late '70s when older styles of jazz came back into favor, a number of young players received the lion's share of the attention. But while the Marsalis brothers and other young guns were hogging the spotlight, a number of veteran players -- who had never left classic jazz -- continued to work quietly in the background. The upside of the revival, however, was that players like pianist John Bunch would find sympathetic audiences and record labels that appreciated their work. Bunch has served as a sideman for a number of greats including Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich, but he's also a capable leader. On A Special Alliance he's joined by bassist Dave Green and drummer Steve Brown for a wonderfully diverse set. It's easy to see Bunch's traditional roots on pieces like "Lush Life" and "My Ship," but this set also features compositions by John Coltrane "Moment's Notice" and Bud Powell "So Sorry Please". One of the nice aspects of good trio work is the intimacy between the players, and that's true of these sessions. Bunch's lead lines on Thelonious Monk's "Pannonica" glide lyrically over the melody while Brown's gentle brush work and Green's thick, full bass notes are forever present. A Special Alliance lives up to its promise and is packed with good tunes. Fans of traditional jazz, great piano work, and Bunch's previous albums will want to grab a copy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941127225
  • Catalog Number: 19272

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Funk in a Deep Freeze (5:19)
  2. 2 Certain People (4:29)
  3. 3 So Sorry Please (4:51)
  4. 4 My Ship - Dave Green (5:31)
  5. 5 Licks (3:30)
  6. 6 Lush Life (7:31)
  7. 7 Beyond the Bluebird (6:35)
  8. 8 Pannonica (6:28)
  9. 9 Don't Remind Me (4:03)
  10. 10 Prelude to a Kiss/Sophisticated Lady (4:23)
  11. 11 Moment's Notice (4:53)
  12. 12 Never Let Me Go - Charles Brown (4:14)
  13. 13 Will You Still Be Mine? - Dave Green (5:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Bunch Primary Artist, Piano
David Green Bass
Steve Brown Drums
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
John Martyn Composer
John Bunch Producer
Matt Dennis Composer
Clive Davis Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Tom Adair Composer
Andrew Cleyndert Engineer, Mastering
Luke Melton Cover Design
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