Larry Bluth, Don Messina, Bill Chattin: Five Concerts and a Landscape
That's what this disc is like. From one angle, it's a pleasant collection of songs like "My Melancholy Baby," "You Go to My Head," "Lover Come Back to Me," "You Stepped Out of a Dream," "Darn That Dream," and "I'll Remember April." As if the world needed more interpretations of those. But Bluth, Messina, and Chattin lay down grooves that reward those who take the time to listen attentively. On every track, Bluth takes the songs into uncharted waters, sounding harmonically a bit like Martial Solal, who has recorded some memorable standards with Konitz, over the rhythm section's cool and upbeat background all the while.
On the basis of Bluth's adventurous but never grating playing, this disc is worth hearing. The sound quality of these live club tracks leaves much to be desired, but the music is there for anyone who listens.
Record Label: Zinnia Records (1)