Off the Cuff

Off the Cuff

by Rick Germanson


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Off the Cuff

Pianist Rick Germanson has worked with a number of veteran bandleaders since moving to New York City in 1998, including long stints with Pat Martino and also Louis Hayes' Cannonball Legacy Band. This is his third CD as a leader, though the first to be issued in the U.S., well accompanied by Hayes and bassist Gerald Cannon. The pianist's "Quagmire" is a breezy hard bop opener that one can easily imagine with horns added, with Hayes adding a light touch on brushes. The lyrical influence of Kenny Barron is apparent in his subdued, lush setting of Freddie Hubbard's timeless waltz "Up Jumped Spring," while Germanson's buoyant treatment of Burt Bacharach's "Wives and Lovers" (a favorite of Ella Fitzgerald) gives it a new life. Also not to be missed is Germanson's explosive miniature hard bop vehicle "Brick," which Hayes builds to a boil with his opening solo. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2009
Label: Owl Studios
UPC: 0879076060146
catalogNumber: 127
Rank: 251998

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Germanson   Primary Artist,Piano
Louis Hayes   Drums
Gerald Cannon   Bass

Technical Credits

Harold Arlen   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Freddie Hubbard   Composer
Joe Marciano   Engineer
Michael Marciano   Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Gary Mielke   Producer,Audio Production
Bill Milkowski   Liner Notes
P.J. Yinger   Art Direction
Rick Germanson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Rob Dixon   Producer,Audio Production

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