Bob Mover: My Heart Tells Me (2013)

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Bob Mover: My Heart Tells Me
Jazz saxophone veteran Bob Mover has put together a very satisfying two-disc release, My Heart Tell Me, with both swinging instrumentals and his very effective,unadorned vocals.

Disc one has Mover mostly singing standards in soft pensive fashion, bringing to mind Nat Cole, as well as Chet Baker
Chet Baker
Chet Baker
1929 - 1988
trumpet
, his early-days cohort. Standouts on this are Warren/Gordon's "My Heart Tells Me'' and Carey/Fischer's "Gone With th Wind," featuring pianist Kenny Barron
Kenny Barron
Kenny Barron
b.1943
piano
's impeccable accompaniment---no embellishment, unadorned, but lots of soul. On Wrubel/Madison's "You've Changed," Mover again shows his vocal prowess, underlined again by Barron's exquisite backing.The one instrumental on this side is Cole Porter's "Get Out of Town," a barnburner, highlighting Mover's sax.

Disc two features the band, save for the Kenny Dorham
Kenny Dorham
Kenny Dorham
1924 - 1972
trumpet
jazz standard "Fair Weather" which is sung in an overcast mood, enhanced by Josh Evans
Josh Evans
Josh Evans

trumpet
' trumpet. The excellent quartet is augmented occasionally by the aforementioned Evans, along with second tenor Steve Hall
Steve Hall
b.1945
multi-instrumentalist
. The tunes on this are mainly Mover's own. "Chet's Chum" is delightfully reminiscent of Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
1917 - 1993
trumpet
]'s "Salt Peanuts," Mover in a somewhat boppish Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
1920 - 1955
sax, alto
spirit. "Sweet Basil," features Mover and Evans in a great run; soon Hall and Barron catch up before the finish line. It's all-together invigorating.

Some background on Mover who should be better known. Born in 1952 in Boston,, his father was a musician who played with the Charlie Spivak orchestra. At 13, he began playing the alto saxophone and went on to study with Phil Woods. Professionally, he has played with such as Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
1922 - 1979
bass, acoustic
, Paul Bley
Paul Bley
Paul Bley
b.1932
piano
, Ron Carter
Ron Carter
Ron Carter
b.1937
bass
and, Baker, his big influence.

This is Mover's first recording since 2008's It Amazes Me on Zoho Music. It is good to see this versatile, talented musician out there again.

Track Listing: Disc One: My Heart Tells Me; So Near and Yet So Far;I Hadn’t Anyone Till You; Get Out of Town; Penthouse Serenade; Gone with the Wind; You’ve Changed; By Myself; You Must Believe in Spring. Disc Two: Dee’s Dilemma; Survival of the Sickest; Muggawump; Fair Weather; Chet’s Chum; Sweet Basil; Carmen’s Calypso.

Personnel: Bob Mover: alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, vocals; Kenny Barron: piano; Josh Evans: trumpet; Steve Hall:tenor saxophone; Bob Cranshaw: bass; Steve Williams, Victor Lewis: drums

Record Label: Motema Music

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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