Crazy World

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
For his fourth recording as a leader apart from his regular duties with Kurt Elling, pianist Laurence Hobgood provides a tonic for the troops. This CD of mostly originals and a few familiar songs is subdued by Hobgood's standards. Usually a pronounced, active, and busy player, he's toned it down as an antidote to the insane rat race existence many of us face. The mood overall is introspective, but not at all dull or languid, as Hobgood and regular rhythm mates Rob Amster on bass and Paul Wertico on drums play a series of very modern compositions that sport distinctive traditional, classical, and faith-based elements. The CD begins with a folkish, light funky, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
For his fourth recording as a leader apart from his regular duties with Kurt Elling, pianist Laurence Hobgood provides a tonic for the troops. This CD of mostly originals and a few familiar songs is subdued by Hobgood's standards. Usually a pronounced, active, and busy player, he's toned it down as an antidote to the insane rat race existence many of us face. The mood overall is introspective, but not at all dull or languid, as Hobgood and regular rhythm mates Rob Amster on bass and Paul Wertico on drums play a series of very modern compositions that sport distinctive traditional, classical, and faith-based elements. The CD begins with a folkish, light funky, and bouncy gospel-shaded "Revival," exploring pure melodicism. A hauntingly deep waltz "Prayer for the Enemy," a restrained take of the popular stage tune "When in Rome," the anticipatory, tidy bass-fronted dirge "March to Epiphany," and a contemporary singsong, church-informed "Trinity" hold the trio in sway. But this project concludes even more strong musically on a contrasting harmonic and spiritual level. A healing "The Dreaded Symphony," a quite pretty version of Henry Mancini's "Crazy World," and the huge 14-and-a-half-minute "Windowman," with its baroque introduction and steady, deeply reflective, divine body of hope and quiet optimism, take the project out in a different light. Kurt Elling is here for two songs -- a wonderful straight read of the pining ballad "More Than You Know" and a supple samba take of the Fred Hersch composition "Endless Stars." For some of Hobgood's fans this CD might come as a surprise, but for those who do know the tender, gentle, and sensitive side of Hobgood's genius, this will be an album to proudly own along with his other recorded efforts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2011
  • Label: Naim
  • EAN: 7975371084214
  • Catalog Number: 84
  • Sales rank: 106,518

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Revival - Laurence Hobgood Trio (5:12)
  2. 2 Prayer for the Enemy - Laurence Hobgood Trio (8:07)
  3. 3 When in Rome - Laurence Hobgood Trio (4:21)
  4. 4 March to Epiphany - Laurence Hobgood Trio (7:01)
  5. 5 Trinity - Laurence Hobgood Trio (6:32)
  6. 6 More Than You Know - Laurence Hobgood Trio (6:03)
  7. 7 The Dreaded Symphony - Laurence Hobgood Trio (4:20)
  8. 8 Crazy World - Laurence Hobgood Trio (5:58)
  9. 9 Endless Stars - Laurence Hobgood Trio (4:58)
  10. 10 Windowman - Laurence Hobgood Trio (14:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kurt Elling Primary Artist, Vocals
Rob Amster Double Bass
Frank Parker Drums
Laurence Hobgood Piano
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
Fred Hersch Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Rob Amster Composer
Laurence Hobgood Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Edward Eliscu Composer
Ken Christianson Engineer, Session Photographer
Billy Rose Composer
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