Powder Keg

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Hard bop has a continually regenerating power, and exciting new players in thrall to the musical genre keep on popping up. Tenor saxophonist Ned Otter is one of the more impressive of these younger improvisers, and his third album, Powder Keg, is a fine document of his burgeoning talents. It doesn’t hurt that some first-rate supporting players, including the late, great drummer Billy Higgins and the intrepid journeyman pianist Harold Mabern, surround Otter. (The sturdy bassist Dennis Irwin and trumpeter Tom Kirkpatrick, another up-and-coming hard bopper, round out the bill). Otter continually rises to the occasion, his full-bodied playing captivating the proceedings....
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Hard bop has a continually regenerating power, and exciting new players in thrall to the musical genre keep on popping up. Tenor saxophonist Ned Otter is one of the more impressive of these younger improvisers, and his third album, Powder Keg, is a fine document of his burgeoning talents. It doesn’t hurt that some first-rate supporting players, including the late, great drummer Billy Higgins and the intrepid journeyman pianist Harold Mabern, surround Otter. (The sturdy bassist Dennis Irwin and trumpeter Tom Kirkpatrick, another up-and-coming hard bopper, round out the bill). Otter continually rises to the occasion, his full-bodied playing captivating the proceedings. Otter also knows a durable jazz composition when he hears one. Nestled among the leader’s tasty originals are Wayne Shorter’s “Powder Keg,” Wes Montgomery’s “Road Song,” and Duke Pearson’s “Jeannine” -- three overlooked tunes that Otter and company breathe new life into. A recital of great promise, Powder Keg makes one look forward to round four.
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Tenor saxophonist and composer Ned Otter is an old-fashioned player in all the best senses of the term. Though a technical master of his horn, he impresses you with his chops without letting them distract you from the music; though well-versed in several generations of styles, he doesn't drag you along on an exhausting journey through jazz history in order to demonstrate his musical erudition. He has a skill set that is rare in jazz musicians: a combination of top-notch technique and exquisite melodic taste. Having sidemen of the caliber of Billy Higgins and Harold Mabern, not to mention the fine bassist Dennis Irwin, doesn't hurt either, of course. Otter broadcasts his intentions somewhat with an album title that sounds like it was lifted from the hard bop catalogs of Contemporary or Prestige circa 1955, and neither the tunes nor the playing will disappoint on that score: solid but relaxed renditions of the title track, "Tenderly," and Wes Montgomery's "Road Song" offer some of the album's high points, as do the two Otter originals, "Been There Before" and "Black Sunday," the latter a lovely jazz waltz. The bass is perhaps just a bit too far back in the mix, but that's about the only flaw in this wonderful album. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • Label: Two & Four Recording
  • UPC: 660662426923
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 372,058

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tenderly (9:33)
  2. 2 Powder Keg (7:30)
  3. 3 A Gentle Breeze (3:19)
  4. 4 Road Song (8:22)
  5. 5 Been There Before (5:44)
  6. 6 Black Sunday (10:03)
  7. 7 I Get Sentimental Over Nothing (6:35)
  8. 8 Jeannine (12:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ned Otter Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Billy Higgins Drums
Dennis Irwin Bass
Harold Mabern Piano
Tom Kirkpatrick Trumpet
Technical Credits
Wes Montgomery Composer
Duke Pearson Composer
Wayne Shorter Composer
Johnny Richards Composer
Nat King Cole Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Walter Gross Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Ned Otter Arranger, Composer, Producer
John Alston Composer
Glenn Astarita Liner Notes
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