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Reviewers: Tony Augarde [Editor], Steve Arloff, Nick Barnard, Pierre Giroux, Don Mather, James Poore, Glyn Pursglove, George Stacy, Bert Thompson, Sam Webster, Jonathan Woolf



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BOB BARNARD
MEETS JIM GALLOWAY

What's New

Sackville SKCD2-3064

 

 

1. I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling

2. You Are My Lucky Star

3. What’s New

4. Marie

5. The Last Time I Saw Paris

6. I May Be Wrong

7. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You

8. There'll Be Some Changes Made

9. Wabash Blues

10. Yearning

 

Bob Barnard – Cornet

Jim Galloway - Soprano sax

Henri Chaix – Piano

Isla Eckinger – Bass

Romano Cavicchiolo – Drums

 

Recorded at a concert in Baden, Switzerland in 1997, this album brings together Australian cornettist and Scottish-born Canadian saxophonist Jim Galloway, with the trio of Swiss pianist Henri Chaix. Both Barnard and Galloway are excellent instrumentalists, able to growl on their instruments as well as to play with sweet smoothness. Barnard is adept at producing pleasingly logical solos, while Galloway is able to play glissandos reminiscent of Johnny Hodges.

Bob Barnard seems to owe more to the influence of Louis Armstrong than (say) Ruby Braff, playing with a thrusting style which belies the usually soft sound of the cornet. By contrast, Jim Galloway plays the soprano sax with a moderation which sets him apart from more extrovert soprano saxists like Sidney Bechet. The two men blend well together, often creating tasteful counterpoint, as at the start of Marie and There’ll Be Some Changes Made .

The front-liners are well supported by the Henri Chaix Trio. Henri’s piano-laying has occasional echoes of Fats Waller and Erroll Garner, but in general he is his own man, with a generous use of the sustain pedal to keep the music flowing. Bassist Isla Eckinger supplies shapely solos on such tracks as You Are My Lucky Star, where he also accompanies Barnard in a nice duet. Drummer Romano Cavicchiolo is virtually inaudible for much of the album, although he contributes some well-structured drum breaks to Marie and I’m Getting Sentimental Over You, and he can actually be heard in I May Be Wrong and There’ll Be Some Changes Made.

Altogether, this is an album of unpretentious, swinging jazz.

Tony Augarde
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