Play It Where It Lays

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
A baritone saxophonist heavily indebted to Gerry Mulligan, Kerry Strayer tends to favor a soloing style that sticks close to the original melody and phrasing that emphasizes the instrument's buzzy lower register. Play It Where It Lays is an album of standards and originals the Kansas City-based saxophonist recorded with his standard rhythm section and his friend and mentor, Gary Foster, on alto and tenor. Strayer was one of Foster's students at the Kansas City Conservatory of Music in the mid-'80s, and both saxophonists have a similarly measured, cerebral playing style that keeps the album from becoming just a blowing session. The set list features some well-chosen tunes ...
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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
A baritone saxophonist heavily indebted to Gerry Mulligan, Kerry Strayer tends to favor a soloing style that sticks close to the original melody and phrasing that emphasizes the instrument's buzzy lower register. Play It Where It Lays is an album of standards and originals the Kansas City-based saxophonist recorded with his standard rhythm section and his friend and mentor, Gary Foster, on alto and tenor. Strayer was one of Foster's students at the Kansas City Conservatory of Music in the mid-'80s, and both saxophonists have a similarly measured, cerebral playing style that keeps the album from becoming just a blowing session. The set list features some well-chosen tunes from the catalogs of Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington, and Hank Mobley, and Strayer is the sort of "old wine, new bottles" jazz performer who is careful to point out in his liner notes what familiar chord changes he's nicking on the handful of Strayer and Foster originals. As a result, there's an air of respectful academia about Play It Where It Lays that's both a blessing and a curse: as both a writer and a soloist, Strayer is so reverential to the giants of jazz past that there's a certain lack of personality here. By the end of Play It Where It Lays, the listener is struck by the taste and the tastefulness of the players, but is left with little sense of who they really are.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • Label: Rhombus Records
  • UPC: 768707802722
  • Catalog Number: 8027

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 3625 Central (5:27)
  2. 2 Blues O'Mighty (7:25)
  3. 3 Perfectly Frank (7:24)
  4. 4 Jammin' at the Kirk (5:59)
  5. 5 Funk in Deep Freeze (7:15)
  6. 6 Mentor (5:49)
  7. 7 All Too Soon (5:27)
  8. 8 Friends Again (6:10)
  9. 9 Play It Where It Lays (6:00)
  10. 10 Bertha the Dragoness (5:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kerry Strayer Primary Artist, Baritone Saxophone
Frank Mantooth Piano
Bob Bowman Bass
Todd Strait Drums
Paul "Scooby" Smith Piano
Technical Credits
Johnny Hodges Composer
Jimmy Knepper Composer
Hank Mobley Composer
Lanny Morgan Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Kim Park Producer, Audio Production
Jeff Schiller Engineer
Ron Ubel Engineer
Keith Kavanaugh Art Direction
Kerry Strayer Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Grant Schainost Engineer
Keith Cox Executive Producer
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