At the Blue Note Paris 1964

At the Blue Note Paris 1964

by Pony Poindexter

CD(Spanish Import)

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At the Blue Note Paris 1964

Pony Poindexter tends to be overlooked as a bop saxophonist, partly because he recorded very few albums as a leader during his career. This CD compiles amateur recordings made at the Blue Note in Paris over two nights, with guitarist René Thomas and house pianist Georges Arvanitas present, while the bass and drum chairs alternate between the two sets. Unfortunately, the sound is disappointing, as the piano, guitar, and bass are barely audible and the audience is more prominent than desirable. But Poindexter sizzles in his opening blues "Big P" on soprano sax, followed by Thomas' equally blistering solo. Tenor saxophonist Michael Roques is added for a punchy take of Charlie Parker's "Bongo Bop," while the quintet's rapid-fire treatment of Parker's "Au Privave" is also enjoyable. Poindexter isn't much of a singer in "Moanin'," though the piece is cut short abruptly just as he begins his alto solo. Serious fans of Pony Poindexter will find this previously unknown music to be rewarding, but the low fidelity will deter the average bop fan from seeking out this European CD.

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Release Date: 09/11/2007
Label: Gambit Spain
UPC: 8436028692774
catalogNumber: 69277
Rank: 136205

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