Rich Corpolongo Trio: Get Happy (2010)

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Rich Corpolongo Trio: Get Happy
Tenor saxophonist Rich Corpolongo has been a presence on the Chicago jazz scene for several years, during which time he has solidified his base as a performer. In the early days, he played with Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
b.1940
piano
, Eddie Harris
Eddie Harris
Eddie Harris
1934 - 1994
saxophone
and Gary Burton
Gary Burton
Gary Burton
b.1943
vibraphone
, among others, going on to form his own band, which played several times at the Chicago Jazz Festival. But jazz is not his only calling; he has also performed with Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Opera House Orchestra.

Corpolongo is at ease in any setting. He envisages time and development in his own vision, an approach that gives his music a fresh dimension—a trait largely evident on Get Happy.

The music is bookended by two Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
1920 - 1955
sax, alto
compositions. Corpolongo takes "Chi Chi" through different stages, moving from lightly swinging tonality to a deeper, hard bop groove, before engaging drummer Rusty Jones
Rusty Jones
Rusty Jones
b.1932
in a conversation. He revels in the melody of "Dewey Square," and fills the ambiance with more than a waft of fresh air.

"Body and Soul" is caressed warmly. Corpolongo's intonation is deep, and filled with intense emotion. The dynamics underscore his sensitivity, as he develops the theme and fills it with lucent asides, as he turns this into an extraordinary performance.

Snap and crackle invest "Get Happy," which Corpolongo takes into a joyous realm with unabashed relish. He is in high gear as he drives the song to a near rapturous feel, with Jones and bassist Dan Shapera adding their own daubs with relish.

Corpolongo is still in the groove, making music with heartfelt detail.

Track Listing: Chi Chi; Mangoes; Body and Soul; Without a Song; The Boy next Door; Get Happy; Wrap your Troubles in Dreams; Lullaby of the Leaves; Dewey Square.

Personnel: Rich Corpolongo: tenor saxophone; Dan Shapera: bass; Rusty Jones: drums.

Record Label: Delmark Records


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