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Harold Danko: Escapades & Gone

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Harold DankoEscapadesSteepleChase2009 Rich PerryGoneSteepleChase2009 Pianist Harold Danko is well known in the jazz education field as chair of the Jazz Studies Department at the Eastman School of Music. One would suppose that, while taking his educational work seriously, this 'steady job' allows him to pick and choose the best moments for creative musical statements. Two recent CDs--Escapades (piano trio) and Gone (with tenor saxophonist Rich Perry's Quartet)--display the scope of his artistry. Danko's approach ...

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Rich Perry & Harold Danko: East of the Sun & Trilix

Rich Perry East of the Sun and west of 2nd Avenue SteepleChase Records 2005

Rich Perry is that rarest of tenor saxophonists--a complete musician with an understanding of space and timing, a palpable sense of color and humor and absolutely no need to showboat or compromise. Whether he's a featured soloist in a big band or leading a quartet date (as heard here), he makes jazz that's adventurous and highly listenable with a smart and sympathetic band playing standards not frequently performed and in new ways of playing in the tradition. Listen, for ...

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Harold Danko: This Isn't Maybe...

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It's a dilemma that has been common to jazz for decades now. It involves those players who might accurately be called “the middle children." You know how it works, players who can't get the same attention from the major labels like the young lions are able to nor are old enough to be referred to as elder statesmen. The transcendent and always appealing pianist Harold Danko falls into this trap. He should clearly be better known than what he is, yet he fulfills a valuable role as educator at the Eastman School in Rochester and also has in Nils Winter ...

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Harold Danko Quartet: Stable Mates

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It’s a shame that we see so little press for those few working bands currently in existence. It’s bad enough that money and schedules make it difficult to keep any kind of firm line-up in place for very long, making such business enterprises almost unviable these days. Little beyond their developing catalog of SteepleChase sides seems to suggest that the Harold Danko Quintet will be taking the world by storm any time soon, yet the group happens to be of the first rank when it comes to the kind of sympathetic and empathetic ensembles that were almost the norm back ...

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Harold Danko: Three of Four

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Even when it seems that you've heard all that there is to hear and all of the up-and-coming musicians that are out there to hear, someone will inadvertently pop up and surprise you. Such is the case with pianist Harold Danko, a gentleman who works as a college educator by day, stepping out once in awhile to lead a record date or two for Sunnyside or SteepleChase. It was his recent work for the latter label, as part of a great quartet, that brought Danko to the attention of this reviewer. Since then, his remarkable authority and heartfelt approach has ...



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