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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby




Crotchet

Tomorrow’s Jazz Classics

2003 Ballads - Various Artists

nagel heyer records – NH1019

 

1. Search For Love – Martin Sasse Trio

7. My Funny Valentine – Donald Harrison

2. Silent Attitude – Marc Copland

8. Wave – Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison

3. Tenderly – Lyambiko

9. Parting – Stephan Noel Lang

4. Happy – Loren Stillman

10. Little Prayer – Peter Weniger

5. I Love You Lord – Eric Reed

11. Ballad For Very Tired And Very Sad Lotus Eaters – Ken Peplowski

6. I Can’t Get Started – Wycliffe Gordon

12. Ghost Of A Chance – Claus Koch

‘Tomorrow’s Jazz Classics’ is a compilation of a dozen ballads by as many artists; four titles I would say are already jazz classics. Sadly, there are no detailed accompanying notes but there is a complete catalogue of nagel heyer records and some very interesting names are included.

I was impressed by the immensely talented Eric Reed’s solo performance on I Love You Lord and agree with the comments in ‘Time Out – New York’ that said, ‘…one of the new piano generation’s major thinkers.’

I Can’t Get Started is taken from trombonist Wycliffe Gordon’s album, ‘The Joyride’ which has already received great plaudits. He is a fine rhythmic and melodic player and we will certainly hear more of him in the next few years.

Wave featuring Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison comes from his ‘There Will Never Be Another You’ album recorded live in Berlin in 1986. Then, at the age of seventy-one, he still maintained that laid back and controlled performance for which this great musician is known.

Overall this is an excellent album with names old and new and is especially recommended for those periods of relaxed listening.

Jack Ashby



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