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Reviewers: Don Mather, Tony Augarde, Dick Stafford, John Eyles, Robert Gibson, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby



Bebop United

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild MCGJ 1021



1. Children of the Night
2. Silhouettes
3. Tones for Joan’s Bones
4. His Eyes, Her Eyes
5. Sack o’ Woe
6. Back Burner
7. Close View
8. The Song is You
Tom Scott – Tenor sax
Phil Woods – Alto sax
Ronnie Cuber – Baritone sax
Randy Brecker – Trumpet
Jay Ashby – Trombone
Gil Goldstein – Piano
Duane Burno – Bass
Willie Jones - Drums

Tom Scott has experimented with all kinds of music – playing for Don Ellis’s big band and exploring everything from jazz fusion to world music via smooth jazz. The album title here suggests that he is returning to bebop, although the music is actually more like straightforward swinging modern jazz – and none the worse for that. Phil Woods was brought in as a special guest to enhance the bebop element and he sounds boppish on Close View, although his performance on Tom Scott’s composition Silhouettes is a passionate reading of a tender ballad, and his solo on Chick Corea’s Tones for Joan’s Bones displays his fluent invention in any idiom.

It’s good to hear Ronnie Cuber’s forthright baritone sax let loose on Sack o’ Woe and Close View but all the soloists acquit themselves well, including Tom Scott who solos with authority on such tunes as Children of the Night and Back Burner. The album was recorded at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (in Pittsburgh, not England) and the sound quality is excellent.

Tony Augarde


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