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Escapades
     

Escapades

by Harold Danko
 
In spite of his extensive discography as a leader or solo pianist, Harold Danko is probably better known by the average jazz fan for his work as a sideman in the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Lee Konitz, or Chet Baker, because many of his CDs have been for the

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In spite of his extensive discography as a leader or solo pianist, Harold Danko is probably better known by the average jazz fan for his work as a sideman in the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Lee Konitz, or Chet Baker, because many of his CDs have been for the Danish label Steeplechase. But hip fans who make the extra effort to shop on the web will discover easy access to the wealth of great music that Danko has recorded for the label since the mid-'90s, which features fresh interpretations of familiar songs along with deserving but lesser-known works. This trio session with longtime collaborators Michael Formanek on bass and drummer Jeff Hirschfield includes a tantalizing waltz setting of "All the Things You Are" and a shimmering interpretation of "Yesterdays" that brings out its melancholy air in a new light. Most musicians who play Kenny Dorham choose something well-known like "Una Mas," but Danko opts for "Brown's Town" and "Escapade," both of which the trumpeter recorded on dates with Joe Henderson. Henderson's "Serenity" is another gem uncovered and updated by Danko in a breezy setting with a Latin undercurrent. Escapades represents another important chapter in Harold Danko's extensive catalog.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/2009
Label:
Steeplechase
UPC:
0716043167425
catalogNumber:
31674

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