Almost Modern: The Swing to Bop Project

Almost Modern: The Swing to Bop Project

by Daniel Block
     
 
On Almost Modern, which is subtitled "The Swing to Bop Project," tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Dan Block revives music from the period of time when swing was gradually being replaced by bop. Most of the selections on this CD are from 1944-1947. Block's group with trumpeter Jon-Eric Kellso sometimes pays direct tribute to the See more details below

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On Almost Modern, which is subtitled "The Swing to Bop Project," tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Dan Block revives music from the period of time when swing was gradually being replaced by bop. Most of the selections on this CD are from 1944-1947. Block's group with trumpeter Jon-Eric Kellso sometimes pays direct tribute to the Coleman Hawkins 1945 Quintet which featured trumpeter Howard McGhee and pianist Sir Charles Thompson. Even the more boppish pieces such as "I Mean You" and "Dizzy Atmosphere" are played with a swing sensibility. Block has a tone somewhere between Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young and a style that perfectly fits these pieces while Kellso slightly modernizes his approach. The rhythm section swings, Larry Ham mixes together Count Basie and Bud Powell, and guitarist Chris Flory (replaced by Jon Hart on "Ko Ko") takes his share of Charlie Christian-inspired solos. The music pays homage to the past but is creative within the older transitional style. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2007
Label:
Sackville Records
UPC:
0778132206927
catalogNumber:
2069

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Daniel Block   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Chris Flory   Guitar
Chuck Riggs   Drums
Larry Ham   Piano
Jon Hart   Guitar
Lee Hudson   Bass

Technical Credits

Bill Doggett   Composer
Gil Fuller   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Dexter Gordon   Composer
Illinois Jacquet   Composer
Bud Powell   Composer
Coleman Hawkins   Composer
Charles Thompson   Composer
Daniel Block   Liner Notes
Don Byas   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Roger Rhodes   Engineer
Bill Airey Smith   Formatting

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