Feeling like you missed something? You did if you missed Bob McHughs' Manhattan Sunrise. This '94 recording is excellent choice for your collection.
Bob is a pianist,teacher,writer and composer and shares his talent along with three fellow musicians on this set of six originals and five renditions of standards.
The title song has a memorable hook very worthy of a glorious sunrise.Ray Mantilla adds percussion where called for,Kevin McCarthy lays down solid bass lines while drummer Rich Austin holds the mix together for everyone.The end result is immensely satisfying.
Stand outs include Shearings "Lullaby of Birdland","Sophia","Lay Down the Paradigm",and "I Think of You",with the latter four written by Bob and Rich Austin.
"Brighter Days" wraps up nearly an hour of music that is played with passion and inspiration.Bobs' background and previous work adds to his legacy with this disc.You'll find it sticks with you through the night and into the next sunrise.You won't feel you missed anything.
Track Listing: 1.Sophia 2.Lullaby of Birdland 3.What is This Thing Called Love 4.Manhattan Sunrise 5.Lay Down the Paradigm 6.After the Rain 7.We'll Be Together Again 8.Erik's Song 9.I Think of You 10.You Go to My Head 11.Brighter Days
Personnel: Bob McHugh,piano,Ray Mantilla,congas,bongos,percussion Rich Austin,drums Kevin McCarthy,bass
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.