3

Doug Sertl: Beautiful Friendship

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
Doug Sertl: Beautiful Friendship Here's an interesting concept: an organ trio with trombone (or vice versa), led by Canadian trombonist Doug Sertl with Rick Montalbano at the Hammond B3, Peter Bernstein on guitar and another Canadian, Terry Clarke, in the drum chair. The album was recorded before the millennium and marked time on a shelf until it was released in 2013, an occasion that was, in Sertl's words, "long overdue." Surely, Beautiful Friendship has as much or more to offer than quite a few albums that have seen the light of day since it was completed and shunted aside. Sertl's quartet is exemplary, and the bright-hued session should please fans of both organ trios and trombone.

The choice of material is tried and true, encompassing five standards, Dizzy Gillespie's bop classic "Groovin' High" and Mercer Ellington's "Things Ain't What They Used to Be." Even though Sertl is in command he is never imperious, and everyone is given more than a few chances to shine. Like Sertl, Bernstein and Montalbano are resourceful soloists, while Clarke, who knows when to take charge or lay back, is the ideal timekeeper for a group of this size and bearing. He uses sticks to make his more explicit points, brushes whenever the mood is more sedate.

Sertl and the others fashion a bright, amiable groove on "Beautiful Friendship" and maintain it through "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" and "I Hear a Rhapsody" before slowing the tempo on "Nancy (With the Laughing Face)." On "Groovin' High," Montalbano and Bernstein establish the theme while Sertl superimposes the melody on which it based, "Whispering." Hoagy Carmichael / Ned Washington's "The Nearness of You," best remembered as a sensuous ballad sung by Sarah Vaughan, among others, is taken at a slightly brisker tempo, which leads to the shuffling finale, "Things Ain't What They Used to Be."

Even though its playing time is under fifty minutes, Beautful Friendship can be endorsed for its many engaging moments, and for the musical artistry of Sertl, Bernstein, Montalbano and Clark, who together comprise a superior foursome whose impressive voices are worth hearing.

Track Listing: Beautiful Friendship: I’m Getting Sentimental Over You; I Hear a Rhapsody; Nancy (With the Laughing Face); Groovin’ High; The Nearness of You; Things Ain’t What They Used to Be.

Personnel: Doug Sertl: trombone; Peter Bernstein: guitar; Rick Montalbano: B3 organ; Terry Clarke: drums.

Title: Beautiful Friendship | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: :province Records


Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read 90 Going On Amazing CD/LP/Track Review 90 Going On Amazing
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter CD/LP/Track Review Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: August 21, 2017
Read L.O.T.U.S. CD/LP/Track Review L.O.T.U.S.
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Art in the Age of Automation CD/LP/Track Review Art in the Age of Automation
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Screen Sounds CD/LP/Track Review Screen Sounds
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 20, 2017
Read Rediscovered Ellington CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 20, 2017
Read "December Songs" CD/LP/Track Review December Songs
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 5, 2016
Read "Upbeat And Sweet" CD/LP/Track Review Upbeat And Sweet
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 13, 2017
Read "Third Stage of Elegance" CD/LP/Track Review Third Stage of Elegance
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 6, 2017
Read "June" CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Jazzin' Around Christmas" CD/LP/Track Review Jazzin' Around Christmas
by Chris Mosey
Published: December 8, 2016
Read "Born In An Urban Ruin" CD/LP/Track Review Born In An Urban Ruin
by John Sharpe
Published: January 24, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.