Thursday, November 1, 2018

Bootsie Barnes & Larry McKenna "The More I See You" (tenor saxophones)

The tenor saxophone teams have dotted the jazz landscape for decades. Certainly you recall twosomes like Sonny Stitt and Johnny Griffin, or Zoot Sims and Al Cohn, or even occasional meetings like those of Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins. Well, in that spirit, here's Bootsie Barnes and Larry McKenna. The main difference between this and the above named pairings is the presence of organist Lucas Brown, as opposed to mostly pianists in the earlier dates. The organ also gives this a more soulful sound on "Real Book" entries like Jimmy Heath's "For Minors Only" and Hank Mobley's "The Break Through". Add a couple of surprises in this tenors-organ get together with choices like "Mr. Lucky" and "Sunday In New York" plus one original by each of the co-leaders, and you have a cool example of a long admired musical concept. The ballad for the album is "My Ship", played here with a pinch more attitude than usual. All in all this is a worthy addition to the two tenor meetings of an earlier time. Cellar Live; 2018; appx. 63 min.

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