Heavy Juice

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen are a perfect match for a musical encounter. Both are tenor saxophonists deeply beholden to swing stylings whose heroes are legends like Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, and Lester Young, as well as next-generation progeny including Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, and Stan Getz. With smooth support from Hamilton’s quartet (including the elegant pianist John Bunch) the two tenors swing through blues, standards, and jazz originals, displaying their idiomatic eloquence. Neither man is out for blood; they try to inspire rather than best one another. Not that the proceedings fail to churn up: Hear “Blues Up and Down” and “Ow!” for great examples of the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen are a perfect match for a musical encounter. Both are tenor saxophonists deeply beholden to swing stylings whose heroes are legends like Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, and Lester Young, as well as next-generation progeny including Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, and Stan Getz. With smooth support from Hamilton’s quartet (including the elegant pianist John Bunch) the two tenors swing through blues, standards, and jazz originals, displaying their idiomatic eloquence. Neither man is out for blood; they try to inspire rather than best one another. Not that the proceedings fail to churn up: Hear “Blues Up and Down” and “Ow!” for great examples of the leader's intense yet melodic blowing, while the ballads (“Warm Valley”) and mid-tempo material (“Did You Call Her Today,” “If Dreams Come True”) bring out the very best in both. In all, a jazz meeting to remember.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
As talented tenors in the Ben Webster mold, both Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen can easily obtain exciting results fronting their own quartets. Putting exciting musicians together, however, is a guaranteed method of keeping the creative juices flowing and kicking the excitement lever up another notch. Hamilton and Allen do just that on Heavy Juice, an album overflowing with the kind of sax work that would make Zoot Sims and Stan Getz proud. The title track is a breezy, up-tempo number that begins with a snazzy base rhythm laid down by drummer Chuck Riggs, pianist John Bunch, and bassist Dennis Irwin. Allen and Hamilton take turns soloing before entering into an enticing exchange of lead lines that offers just a taste of things to come. While Heavy Juice is an obvious show for the two tenors to cut loose, the band runs a tight ship and never allows melodies to outstay their welcome. Most of the pieces -- Dizzy Gillespie's "Groovin' High" and Duke Ellington's "Warm Valley" -- run six and seven minutes. Hamilton and Allen also leave room for some fine solo work from Bunch. Heavy Juice closes with a nice, long rendition of Gillespie's "Ow!," bringing a well-executed album to a satisfying end. For anyone who has ever missed Webster and Sims, Heavy Juice will conjure up warm memories.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431225829
  • Catalog Number: 2258
  • Sales rank: 90,716

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heavy Juice - Harry Allen (6:04)
  2. 2 Did You Call Her Today? - Harry Allen (6:57)
  3. 3 Groovin' High - Harry Allen (7:02)
  4. 4 If I Should Lose You - Harry Allen (6:48)
  5. 5 Blues Up and Down - Harry Allen (6:28)
  6. 6 If Dreams Come True - Harry Allen (8:32)
  7. 7 Warm Valley - Harry Allen (5:47)
  8. 8 Ow! - Harry Allen (9:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Scott Hamilton Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
John Bunch Piano
Dennis Irwin Bass, Double Bass
Harry Allen Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Riggs Drums
Technical Credits
Tiny Bradshaw Composer
Gene Ammons Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Scott Hamilton Producer, Audio Production
Sonny Stitt Composer
Ben Webster Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Edgar Sampson Composer
John Burk Executive Producer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Josiah Gluck Engineer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Seth Presant Mastering
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