by Tom Knific


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Although the personnel and instrumentation change from song to song, bassist Tom Knific's Siena is very much an intimate affair. The opener, a trio rendition of "If I Should Lose You" with pianist Fred Hersch and drummer Tim Froncek, is the hottest performance on the set. Sunny Wilkinson takes a haunting vocal on "Estate" (with guitarist Gene Bertoncini and Knific) and duets with the leader on "You Don't Know What Love Is." The trio of Knific, guitarist John Abercrombie and pianist Andy LaVerne are featured in lyrical form on "Siena" and "A Nice Idea." In addition, the cool-toned tenor of Billy Drewes is heard on "Dark Angel," pianist Fred Hersch is featured on "The Baron," Knific duets with Bertoncini on the boppish "Que Cosa," and the closing "A Portrait of Thad" has violinist Renata Artman Knific playing mournfully in the lead with pianist Sir Roland Hanna very much in a supportive role. This set would have benefited by the inclusion of a couple up-tempo tunes so there would be a little more heat to balance out the soothing pieces. But overall it makes for an enjoyable listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/28/2004
Label: Sea Breeze Records
UPC: 0017231306924
catalogNumber: 3069

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Knific   Primary Artist,Bass
John Abercrombie   Guitar
Fred Hersch   Piano
Andy LaVerne   Piano
Gene Bertoncini   Guitar
Jamey Haddad   Drums
Roland Hanna   Piano,Drums
Tim Froncek   Drums
Sunny Wilkinson   Vocals,Voices
Billy Drewes   Saxophone
Renata Artman Knific   Violin
Tim Froncek   Drums

Technical Credits

John Abercrombie   Composer
Andy LaVerne   Composer
Gene Bertoncini   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Roland Hanna   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Bruno Martino   Composer
Tom Knific   Composer,Producer
John Stites   Engineer
Bruno Brighetti   Composer

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