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Ehud Asherie with Harry Allen: Upper West Side (2012)

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Ehud Asherie with Harry Allen: Upper West Side Track review of "My Blue Heaven"

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Wherever tenor saxophonist Harry Allen
Harry Allen
Harry Allen
b.1966
saxophone
shows up, there is sure to be a major outbreak of Old School. Along with Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton
b.1954
sax, tenor
, Allen is a keeper of the flame encompassing saxophone practice from Frankie Trumbauer
Frankie Trumbauer
Frankie Trumbauer
1901 - 1956
saxophone
to Lester Young
Lester Young
Lester Young
1909 - 1959
saxophone
. Pianist Ehud Asherie
Ehud Asherie
Ehud Asherie
b.1979
piano
is cut from the same bolt as Ralph Sutton
Ralph Sutton
b.1922
and Dick Hyman
Dick Hyman
Dick Hyman
b.1927
piano
. His previous Posi-Tone recordings, Look Out (2007), Modern Life (2010), and Organic (2010) all demonstrate that Asherie is well-schooled in stride and modern keyboard styles, as well as Chitlin' Circuit greasy organ jazz.

In combination with Allen, Asherie entertains his love of 1930s piano (Earl Hines
Earl Hines
Earl Hines
1903 - 1983
piano
, Teddy Wilson
Teddy Wilson
Teddy Wilson
1912 - 1986
piano
) and the songbook of that era. Here are two jazz historians, choosing a period and performing a chamber duet on the best material that period has to offer. The Donaldson/White standard, "My Blue Heaven," is just antique enough to have that attractive and rich attic smell without being passé. Asherie's left hand is sure; his right: rolling thunder. He solos with perfect confidence, mixing things up with modern touches as he goes. Allen adopts a bit of a Ben Webster
Ben Webster
Ben Webster
1909 - 1973
sax, tenor
rasp while skillfully demonstrating a style of saxophone playing from when tenor was king. Upper West Side is two superb musicians having one very fine afternoon...

Personnel: Ehud Asherie: piano; Harry Allen: tenor saxophone.

Record Label: Posi-Tone Records


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