Put on a Happy Face

Put on a Happy Face

by Stan Hope
     
 
Stan Hope's piano style is reminiscent at times of Gene Harris in his days with the Three Sounds and Oscar Peterson in his more laid-back moments. This set begins with two of its strongest numbers, "R.D.'s Blues" and "Then I'll Be Tired of You," a pair of selections that

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Stan Hope's piano style is reminiscent at times of Gene Harris in his days with the Three Sounds and Oscar Peterson in his more laid-back moments. This set begins with two of its strongest numbers, "R.D.'s Blues" and "Then I'll Be Tired of You," a pair of selections that greatly benefit from the inclusion of tenor saxophonist Houston Person. Unfortunately, Person is only on one other number ("I'm Afraid the Masquerade Is Over") and, at first, the other performances miss his presence. However, Hope's melodic and bluesy style is pleasing in its own fashion, and repeated listenings make it easier to warm up to his approach toward playing straight-ahead jazz. The joy in his playing becomes obvious and his subtleties wins one over. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/2005
Label:
Savant
UPC:
0633842206325
catalogNumber:
2063
Rank:
250074

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