Miles Donahue: Bounce (2006)
Miles Donahue can play effective bebop on saxophone as well as trumpet and flugelhorn, something he he shares with such musicians as Ira Sullivan, Benny Carter, Australia's Jim Morrison and Seattle-based Jay Thomas.
Bounce kicks off with the lively title tune, showcasing Donahue's ability to write worthy bop material. On tenor sax, he takes a sure-footed solo before turning things over to guitarist Norm Zocher and pianist Joey Calderazzo for more effective statements. On "Uppy," with the same group, Zocher provides a longer guitar solo and Calderazzo follows with a beauty. Another original, "Alone By Myself," is based on the changes of "Alone Together" and sounds more fragmented than the others.
For ballads, Donahue chooses the Carpenters-associated "Close to You" and the Lerner and Loewe showtune "On The Street Where You Live." These pieces, recorded with both groups, give Donahue a chance to show how well he can play ballads. We only get to hear Donahue on flugelhorn on the original "Stabilize," based upon Benny Golson's "Stablemates."
Of the two Donahue album entries, I would opt for this one!
Track Listing: Bounce, Uppy, Alone By Myself, Close to You, Rhap, Watch Were You're Going, On The Street Where You Live, Stabilize, Ditchdigger, Beautiful Dove.
Personnel: Miles Donalhue, saxophone, flugelhorn; Joey Calderazzo, piano; John Lockwood, bass; Adam Nussbaum, drums (3-5,8,10). Miles Donahue, saxophones; Joey Calderazzo, piano; John Patitucci, basses; Jim Lattini, drums; Norm Zocher, guitar; Petro Ito, percussion; Ernie Sola, bass clarinet, alto sax (1,2,6,7,9).
Record Label: Amerigo Records