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A Splendid Trio

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Scott Hamilton, Howard Alden, and Frank Tate have a lot in common, in addition to each of them having worked with the late cornetist Ruby Braff on number of record dates and concerts. All three of them have vast repertoires of standards and jazz works, while they all keep the melody within reach when constructing their superb solos. The lack of piano is never an issue, as Alden's adept use of his seven-string electric guitar enables him to add depth to his playing, while Hamilton's big swinging tone is a throwback to the heyday of Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and Ben Webster. The trio members show they mean business with the energetic treatment of the old warhorse ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Scott Hamilton, Howard Alden, and Frank Tate have a lot in common, in addition to each of them having worked with the late cornetist Ruby Braff on number of record dates and concerts. All three of them have vast repertoires of standards and jazz works, while they all keep the melody within reach when constructing their superb solos. The lack of piano is never an issue, as Alden's adept use of his seven-string electric guitar enables him to add depth to his playing, while Hamilton's big swinging tone is a throwback to the heyday of Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and Ben Webster. The trio members show they mean business with the energetic treatment of the old warhorse "There'll Be Some Changes Made," featuring intricate interwoven lines and top-drawer solos. Their lyrical setting of Dave Brubeck's "The Duke" is an intimate swinger that captures the nuances of Ellington suggested by the pianist in this timeless piece. They rework the Billy Strayhorn gem "Upper Manhattan Medical Group" as a breezy bossa nova, while the late Flip Phillips ballad "With Someone New" is a lush duet for tenor sax and guitar, with Hamilton's breathy vibrato beautifully complemented by Alden's subtle playing. "Indian Summer" is another old chestnut that still stimulates great jazz performances, with potent solos all around and an extended feature for Tate. The title A Splendid Trio is very much truth in advertising for this rewarding CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2011
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941141627
  • Catalog Number: 19416
  • Sales rank: 123,994

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 There'll Be Some Changes Made - Frank Tate (5:19)
  2. 2 The Duke - Frank Tate (4:26)
  3. 3 Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry - Frank Tate (5:41)
  4. 4 I Won't Dance - Frank Tate (4:55)
  5. 5 Swedish Pastry - Frank Tate (7:30)
  6. 6 Upper Manhattan Medical Group - Frank Tate (7:22)
  7. 7 With Someone New - Frank Tate (4:04)
  8. 8 Russian Lullaby - Frank Tate (5:09)
  9. 9 Changes - Frank Tate (5:11)
  10. 10 Just One More Chance - Frank Tate (6:24)
  11. 11 Indian Summer - Frank Tate (5:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Scott Hamilton Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Victor Herbert Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Dave Brubeck Composer
Billy Higgins Composer
Barney Kessel Composer
Flip Phillips Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Arthur Johnson Composer
W. Benton Overstreet Composer
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