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Despite its rather immodest title, drummer Aaron Binder’s second recording as leader is a fairly conventional straight–ahead trio date encompassing five of his compositions, two by bassist Fitzsimmons and one by drummer Hanley. The playing is thoroughly customary as well, with everyone striding confidently across familiar terrain but never venturing beyond it. Within those parameters, however, lies a good deal of pleasurable music, and Binder and his companions do their utmost to fashion a rewarding listening experience. This ain’t the Oscar Peterson Trio (or anything close), but it’s at least comparable to much that can be heard in out–of–the–way Jazz clubs from coast to coast. No one is less than competent, and the session as a whole swings nicely along in a mellow groove that nimbly sidesteps the move obvious potholes. Each member of the trio is an excellent writer, and all of the compositions are well above the norm. Recording quality is respectable, playing time a moderately brief 42:31. Nothing groundbreaking here, but nothing that is displeasing either.
Track listing: The Drama Queens; As Modern as Tomorrow; Solus Rex; Al’s Jowels; Souless Wreck; Soft as a Voice in Love; Up to the Minute; Scamp (42:31).
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.