The Things We Need

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
This is a much more traditional jazz effort than Gordon's previous album, Currents. Featuring the leader on alto, Peter Bernstein on guitar, Mike LeDonne on piano, Dennis Irwin on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums, the record includes Gordon's compositions "Minor Dues" and "Stapleton," a bright waltz arrangement of "Isn't It Romantic," and a swinging version of the Milt Jackson blues "SKJ." Pianist Ronnie Mathews makes superb guest appearances on a pair of Monk tunes, "Monk's Dream" and "Ugly Beauty." The one very non-traditional element is the children's choir heard on "Without a Song," and Barry Harris's wholesome sermonette "These Are the Things We Need." Drummer ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
This is a much more traditional jazz effort than Gordon's previous album, Currents. Featuring the leader on alto, Peter Bernstein on guitar, Mike LeDonne on piano, Dennis Irwin on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums, the record includes Gordon's compositions "Minor Dues" and "Stapleton," a bright waltz arrangement of "Isn't It Romantic," and a swinging version of the Milt Jackson blues "SKJ." Pianist Ronnie Mathews makes superb guest appearances on a pair of Monk tunes, "Monk's Dream" and "Ugly Beauty." The one very non-traditional element is the children's choir heard on "Without a Song," and Barry Harris's wholesome sermonette "These Are the Things We Need." Drummer Eddie Locke, who plays on these two tracks and on "SKJ," played Gordon a tape of the kids singing one day, and the rest is history. Despite the personal meaning that the choir's singing holds for Gordon as he explains in his liner notes, it's hard not to hear it as a merely cute touch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/1999
  • Label: Double Time Jazz
  • UPC: 711527015629
  • Catalog Number: 156

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Minor Dues (9:29)
  2. 2 Without a Song (5:10)
  3. 3 These Are the Things We Need (5:51)
  4. 4 Monk's Dream (7:08)
  5. 5 Stapleton (11:17)
  6. 6 Isn't It Romantic? (8:04)
  7. 7 SKJ (7:06)
  8. 8 Ugly Beauty (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jon Gordon Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Dennis Irwin Bass
Mike LeDonne Piano
Kenny Washington Drums
Peter Bernstein Guitar
Eddie Locke Drums
Ronnie Mathews Piano
Alexis Hernandez Vocals
Technical Credits
Vincent Youmans Composer
Jon Gordon Producer, Liner Notes, Mastering
Edward Eliscu Composer
Billy Rose Composer
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