Alto Blue

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Steve Slagle, who has a very appealing tone on alto, strong technique, and a style that is quite versatile, performs seven blues on this exciting set, as well as a flute feature on "Detour Ahead." By varying tempos and grooves ranging from bebop to Ornette Coleman and a bit of funk, each song manages to have its own personality and a mundane sameness never occurs. Trumpeter Ryan Kisor, who had grown quite a bit during the past few years, seemed at this point to be obviously poised for potential greatness and sounds quite individual. Bassist Scott Colley and drummer Gene Jackson, although in a supporting role, are major assets and work together quite well. The material is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Steve Slagle, who has a very appealing tone on alto, strong technique, and a style that is quite versatile, performs seven blues on this exciting set, as well as a flute feature on "Detour Ahead." By varying tempos and grooves ranging from bebop to Ornette Coleman and a bit of funk, each song manages to have its own personality and a mundane sameness never occurs. Trumpeter Ryan Kisor, who had grown quite a bit during the past few years, seemed at this point to be obviously poised for potential greatness and sounds quite individual. Bassist Scott Colley and drummer Gene Jackson, although in a supporting role, are major assets and work together quite well. The material is made up of four Slagle originals, one song by Dave Stryker, Charles Mingus' "Jump Monk" and Lee Morgan's "The Midget," in addition to "Detour Ahead"; it's consistently colorful and catchy enough to both inspire the musicians and be memorable for the listeners. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/1997
  • Label: Steeplechase
  • UPC: 716043141623
  • Catalog Number: 31416
  • Sales rank: 358,358

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blues Not to Lose (7:29)
  2. 2 Hail-Bop (5:49)
  3. 3 Full Moon (9:19)
  4. 4 Jaco Time (5:11)
  5. 5 Detour Ahead (5:59)
  6. 6 Peacefully (9:49)
  7. 7 Jump Monk (9:51)
  8. 8 The Midget (6:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Slagle Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ryan Kisor Trumpet
Scott Colley Bass
Gene Jackson Drums
Steve Slagle Quartet Track Performer
Technical Credits
Herb Ellis Composer
Josiah Gluck Engineer
Nils Winther Producer
Lou Carter Composer
John Freigo Composer
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