Live at Blues Alley: First Set

Live at Blues Alley: First Set

by Hod O'Brien


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Hod O'Brien delights his Blues Alley audience with this live trio performance. The pianist is joined by bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Kenny Washington (two of the most in-demand musicians for recording dates, both of whom are regular collaborators with O'Brien) for a program that mixes standards with jazz compositions that aren't heard very often. O'Brien is a creative improviser who never loses sight of the melody, with Drummond's driving bass and Washington's crisp attack fueling him. All too often, "Tangerine" is played without much imagination, but this trio makes it sound brand-new instead of decades old. O'Brien is at the top of his game with a rollicking treatment of "Just in Time." The trio gets into a solid groove with a jaunty take of Joe Zawinul's "Frog's Legs" (a bluesy tribute to Ben Webster, with whom Zawinul shared an apartment for a time after arriving in the U.S.), following it with an elegant arrangement of Freddie Redd's obscure ballad "Thespian." He makes sure that the spotlight shines on his sidemen. Drummond's marvelous solo is the centerpiece of "Lullaby of the Leaves," while Washington's inventive drum breaks alternate with O'Brien following the bass solo. Pete Malinverni, another fine pianist who has recorded for Reservoir, contributed the insightful liner notes. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/2005
Label: Reservoir Records
UPC: 0747985018025
catalogNumber: 180
Rank: 261818

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hod O'Brien   Primary Artist,Piano
Ray Drummond   Bass,Double Bass
Kenny Washington   Drums
Joe Saia   Announcer

Technical Credits

Freddie Redd   Composer
Melvin Rhyne   Composer
Pete Malinverni   Liner Notes
Jim Anderson   Engineer
Betty Comden   Composer
Mark Feldman   Producer
Adolph Green   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Greg Hartman   Location Assistant
Kayla Feldman   Executive Producer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Bernice Petkere   Composer

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