'Round Midnight

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Tenor saxophonists Harry Allen and Scott Hamilton are veterans who have occasionally shared the stage and recorded together, a complementary pairing reminiscent of the team of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. For these 2012 sessions, the two tenorists are joined by pianist Rosanno Sportiello, bassist Joel Forbes, and drummer Chuck Riggs, all of whom, like the co-leaders, are regulars on the jazz party circuit. The songs selected include a mix of standards, jazz favorites, and a handful of obscurities. Their relaxed interpretation of the old chestnut "My Melancholy Baby" is anything but hackneyed, with a conversation between the two tenors. The hard-driving bop setting of Rodgers &...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Tenor saxophonists Harry Allen and Scott Hamilton are veterans who have occasionally shared the stage and recorded together, a complementary pairing reminiscent of the team of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. For these 2012 sessions, the two tenorists are joined by pianist Rosanno Sportiello, bassist Joel Forbes, and drummer Chuck Riggs, all of whom, like the co-leaders, are regulars on the jazz party circuit. The songs selected include a mix of standards, jazz favorites, and a handful of obscurities. Their relaxed interpretation of the old chestnut "My Melancholy Baby" is anything but hackneyed, with a conversation between the two tenors. The hard-driving bop setting of Rodgers & Hart's "Lover" showcases how well the tenor men complement one another's playing, with Forbes' potent bass work driving them. The standard "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" was a favorite of Gerry Mulligan; this version transforms it into an easygoing bossa nova. The breathy vibrato in the robust setting of "'Round Midnight" recalls the great Ben Webster. One hidden gem is the brisk, swinging take of Neal Hefti's "Flight of the Foo Birds" (the title was inspired by an old joke with a Spoonerism punch line), written for Count Basie and long forgotten. Allen's punchy "Great Scott" is a reworking of "Indiana" that was inspired by a riff he heard Hamilton play; together they swing like mad. This rewarding release proves there is still plenty of life left in two-tenor record dates.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2012
  • Label: Challenge
  • UPC: 608917334821
  • Catalog Number: 73348
  • Sales rank: 71,351

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Melancholy Baby - Harry Allen (6:03)
  2. 2 Great Scott - Harry Allen (7:51)
  3. 3 How Am I To Know - Harry Allen (8:29)
  4. 4 The Opener - Harry Allen (6:26)
  5. 5 Baubles, Bangles and Beads - Harry Allen (8:43)
  6. 6 Hey Lock! - Harry Allen (7:50)
  7. 7 Lover - Harry Allen (8:10)
  8. 8 Flight of the Foo Birds - Harry Allen (6:06)
  9. 9 ‘Round Midnight - Harry Allen (6:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Scott Hamilton Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Harry Allen Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Riggs Drums
Joel Forbes Bass
Rossano Sportiello Piano
Technical Credits
Bill Potts Composer
Cootie Williams Composer
Neal Hefti Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Dorothy Parker Composer
Harry Allen Composer, Producer
Jim Czak Engineer
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Jack King Composer
Scott Yanow Liner Notes
George Forrest Composer
Ernie Burnett Composer
Marcel van den Broek Executive Producer, Art Direction
Anne de Jong Executive Producer
Robert Wright Composer
George A. Norton Composer
Bill Moss Mastering
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