Frank Tate: Live in Belfast
Tate leads these players at a live performance in Belfast. If there is any doubt about Tate's melodic way with bass, it is dispelled with his performance on this set, especially on such tunes as "The Touch of Your Lips" where he and Howard Alden exchange interesting ideas. But all the tracks capture the essence of jazz, melody, improvising, imaginative solos and strong ensemble work. All members of the group take their turn front and center expressing their musical thoughts on each item on the play list. Harry Allen's tenor is prominent throughout and is masterful on such cuts as "On the Alamo". One of the more clever arrangements is Jimmy Giuffre's famous "Four Brothers" with McKenna, Alden and Tate playing the parts of Herbie Stewart, Al Cohn and Serge Chalof as Allen plays Allen, sounding a bit like Zoot Sims. Everyone steps asides and let McKenna have "Chinatown, My Chinatown" all to himself with his magic left hand. Good stuff. And there's over an hour of good stuff on this fine release. Highly recommended.
Track Listing: Four Brothers; On the Alamo; I'll Only Miss Her When I Think of Her; Fred; Chinatown, My Chinatown; Lady Be Good; The Touch of Your Lips; Willow Weep for Me; Just You, Just Me; O Grande Amor
Personnel: Frank Tate - Bass; Harry Allen - Tenor Sax; Howard Alden - Guitar; Dave McKenna - Piano; Butch Miles - Drums