The Party Suite
"The Sneaky Dance brings a flute and bass clarinet dialogue in over sprung rhythms; "Dance on My Toes is slow and delicate, with tenor sax and bass clarinet joined by bowed bass in a low register. "The Chide Grind mixes soprano and tenor saxophones interacting with a shifting, accelerating rhythm building to a drum solo ending. The suite ends with "Booze, a two-tenor tandem solo over an easy, walking swing rhythm.
"The Party Suite is viscerally entertaining, full of neat arranging touches and fun rhythmic surprises. The other three tracks are more conventional and tune-like, showcases for Blake's soprano sax (two pieces) and tenor sax (one), with vibes offering a pleasing contrast to the usual piano or guitar in the rhythm section.
Track Listing: The Morning Shuffle; The Party; The Sneaky Dance; Dance on My Toes; The Chide Grind; Booze; The Spinning Song; Johnny; Waiting to Change.
Personnel: Dan Blake: reeds; Alec Spiegelman: saxophone, bass clarinet; Alexei Tsiganov: vibes; Jorge Roeder: bass; Richie Barshay or Jorge Perez-Albela: drums.
Record Label: Dabla Music
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