Danny Moss/Roy Williams Quintet: Steamers!
There's nothing earth shattering on this disk, nor do I suspect was there any intention that there should be. The album features comfortable and versatile playing in slow, medium and up tempos for the ensemble work and for Moss' and Williams' solos. Pearce and Skeat are given the opportunity to showcase their wares on a pleasant medium tempo "You're My Everything". "Isn't It Romantic" features Williams playing trombone in the style of Frank Rosolino. Danny Moss' tenor turns sultry and the Williams trombone assumes a languid tone on a very slowly navigated "L'il Darlin'". "Just in Time"," I've Found a New Baby" and "There Is No Greater Love" are given a spirited, but not frantic, reading. Moss and Williams combine for a moving version of "Mood Indigo". They kick off the tune together and then each takes an extended solo with some knowledgeable and sophisticated improvisions on the theme of this lovely tune.
Steamers! is an album you'll pull out after a hard day at the office, on the freeway or when entertaining in an intimate setting. This one is recommended.
Tracks:Just in Time; It's Alright with Me; Them There Eyes; Too Late Now;It's A Wonderful World; Li'l Darlin';You're My Everything; Isn't It Romantic;There Is No Greater Love;Mood Indigo;Hiya;Blues to Be There; I've Found a New Baby
Personnel: Danny Moss - Tenor Saxophone; Roy Williams - Trombone; John Pearce - Piano; Len Skeat - Bass; Charly Antolini - Drums