220

Carmen Leggio Quartet: Carmen Leggio Quartet

John Barron By

Sign in to view read count
Carmen Leggio Quartet: Carmen Leggio Quartet New York tenor saxophonist Carmen Leggio has performed with the likes of Gene Krupa, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman and Maynard Ferguson. This self-titled quartet recording finds the veteran reedman swinging hard on eleven standards done in a no-nonsense, straight-ahead manner. Leggio is joined by guitar great Joe Cohn, bassist Rick Petrone and drummer Joe Corsello.

Leggio rips through familiar themes like "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise," "It Had to Be You" and "Emily" with assuredness, speaking through his horn with a lyrical ease reserved for the most seasoned of players. The saxophonists pronounced, in-the-pocket phrasing on "Gone With The Wind" is reminiscent of Stan Getz.

Cohn plays the dual role of sensitive accompanist and inventive soloist. His piano-style comping behind Leggio on "You Go to My Head" expands one's expectations of the guitar's capabilities. Cohn's brilliant single-line soloing on the Leggio burner "Lose One-Gain One" and the classic ballad "Embraceable You" is evidence of bop mastery.

Petrone and Corsello keep things moving along with impeccable time and soulful grooves. Petrone's warm tone and lively lines sparkle on "Black Orpheus" and "Polka Dots and Moonbeams."

The session closer, "Undecided" is an energetic romp with inspired trading between Leggio and Cohn. An all around wonderful recording, the disc beckons for repeated listening.


Track Listing: Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise; Lose One-Gain One; It Had to Be You; Black Orpheus; Emily; Gone With The Wind; You Go to My Head; Embraceable You; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; Sing, Sing, Sing; Undecided.

Personnel: Carmen Leggio: tenor saxophone; Joe Cohn: guitar; Rick Petrone: bass; Joe Corsello: drums.

Title: Carmen Leggio Quartet | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Mighty Quinn Productions


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Company I Keep CD/LP/Track Review The Company I Keep
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Ma De Re Sha CD/LP/Track Review Ma De Re Sha
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Ask Seek Knock CD/LP/Track Review Ask Seek Knock
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Air and Light and Time and Space CD/LP/Track Review Air and Light and Time and Space
by John Eyles
Published: June 28, 2017
Read Eleven Cages CD/LP/Track Review Eleven Cages
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Afro-Caribbean Mixtape CD/LP/Track Review Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
by Mark F. Turner
Published: June 27, 2017
Read "Out & About" CD/LP/Track Review Out & About
by Doug Collette
Published: July 3, 2016
Read "Ma De Re Sha" CD/LP/Track Review Ma De Re Sha
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 28, 2017
Read "Fourtune" CD/LP/Track Review Fourtune
by Duncan Heining
Published: November 28, 2016
Read "Rub Out The Word" CD/LP/Track Review Rub Out The Word
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 20, 2016
Read "American Tunes" CD/LP/Track Review American Tunes
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: July 1, 2016
Read "E.S.T. Symphony" CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 26, 2017

Smart Advertising!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.