Hoover Jazz 2002 / Hoover Combo Jazz 2002 by Jack Bowers
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The second of this two-CD set is devoted entirely to the the Down Beat Combo and its even smaller counterpart, the Almost Acoustic Jazz Quartet (the sextet without cellist Arnold and keyboardist Bryan Choi), and once again the design is mainly contemporary and markedly cutting-edge with the occasional nod to bop. Klingenberg’s “Epiphany,” Goldman’s “Catch Me If You Can” and Hammer’s “Red and Orange” are repeated (and this time we can be sure that the soloist on “Epiphany” is Klingenberg), and there are bop-era compositions by Monk (“Criss Cross”), Bird (“Donna Lee”) and Duke Jordan (“Jordu”) with more radical works by drummer David Ettedgui (“Drum ’n Bass,” a “patriotic” tour de force for its composer) and Tribal Tech (“Stella”). As high-school players go these earnest young students are top-drawer, and if the music they’ve chosen isn’t always our cup of schnapps, it may very well be yours.
Track Listing: Hoover Jazz
Personnel: Hoover Jazz
Record Label: HHSJ
Style: Big Band
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