I’ve Heard That Song Before
presents trombonist Tom Artin’s quartet playing a long set of traditional standards. These guys play comfortably together in supportive manner that suggests they’ve a long history playing together.
The third track, "I’m in the Mood for Love" exhibits Artin’s and pianist John Colianni’s contrasting solo styles. Artin typically plays carefully constructed solos from the lower end of the trombone range while Colianni plays in a bright often busy piano style that moves quickly and lightly. He accompanies Artin well, as does the ever reliable Frank Tate on bass.
Tate has a deep, solid acoustic sound that, in one of the highlights of the recording, counterpoints Artin’s long solo during a beautiful dialog throughout "In A Sentimental Mood." Danny D’Imperio on drums has a tasteful, intricate rapport with the bassist, his use of cymbals is especially noteworthy. This track is inspired traditional jazz.
Other highlights include the drum and piano exchange during the opening of "Some Of These Days" with Colianni’s latin lilt. Tate tosses in a sharp solo, followed by an imaginative Colianni solo, and then Artin turns up the temperature with a vigorous finale. Good stuff.
Artin’s solo trombone opening to "My Melancholy Baby" sets the stage for a trombone and piano duet with Colianni. On this track Colianni is superb both as an accompanist and as a soloist. Throughout this disc, and especially on this track, it’s difficult not to be impressed with Artin’s technical command of the trombone.
In short, if you’re looking for a disc that presents a solid quartet with an intimate knowledge of traditional jazz, then I’ve Heard That Song Before will more than fit the bill. Check this one out well recorded too.