Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
271

Antonio Hart: Here I Stand

Douglas Payne By

Sign in to view read count Views
Young alto player Antonio Hart seems to have spiced up his reverence for Cannonball Adderley with the more peppery fire of Arthur Blythe. Not a bad combination, but Hart's Impulse debut still leaves something to be desired. There's no shortage of professional, competent performances here, and his quartet is equally capable. Even guests like trombonist Robin Eubanks and the under-recorded Shirley Scott make brief, underwhelming appearances. Hart's lackluster originals and the variety of different groups make it clear that this is one of those records that attempts to showcase the leader's diversity — hard bop ("The Community"), Latin ("Ven Devoroiame Otra Vez"), Woody Shaw-like Latinized modes ("Brother Nasheet"), basic blues ("Like My Own") and a (yuck) hip hop beat-jazz poetry reading ("The Words Don't Fit In My Mouth").

It never feels as if you're listening to one session by one artist. "Flamingo," the disk's sole standard, stands out due to Ms. Scott's support on organ. It is the easily the most interesting track here and Hart sounds more inspired this time out than he does elsewhere on his own tunes. It's a shame the talented Hart didn't stick with the organ combo throughout Here I Stand. It would have made this hodge podge sampler worth more than one listen.

| Record Label: Impulse! | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
All We Need
All We Need

2006
buy
[no cover]
All We Need
Naim Label
2004
buy
Ama Tu Sonrisa
Ama Tu Sonrisa
Enja Records
2001
buy
[no cover]
Here I Stand
Naim Label
1997
buy
[no cover]
It's All Good
Naim Label
1995
buy
[no cover]
For The First Time
Naim Label
1991
buy
Roy Hargrove Roy Hargrove
trumpet
Sonny Rollins Sonny Rollins
saxophone
Kenny Garrett Kenny Garrett
sax, alto
Lee Konitz Lee Konitz
sax, alto
Michael Brecker Michael Brecker
sax, tenor
Joshua Redman Joshua Redman
saxophone
James Carter James Carter
sax, tenor
Branford Marsalis Branford Marsalis
saxophone

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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