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Gerry Hemingway Quintet: Double Blues Crossing

Read "Double Blues Crossing" reviewed by John Eyles

If Gerry Hemingway's other 2005 release, The Whimbler--with his current quartet--presented a surprisingly straight-ahead facet of his music, this quintet album is far more intriguing and, well, strange. Opening to the (sampled) sounds of old-time fiddle-driven folk music, the seven-part title suite sounds like the soundtrack to some yet-to-be-made movie. In his sleeve notes, Hemingway even gives us an intriguing taster that reads like something from Steinbeck, with its characters Rosa Abigail, Buddy Luckett and Joe Cracklin.

Although the suite ...

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Gerry Hemingway Quintet: Waltzes, Two-Steps & Other Matters of the Heart

Read "Waltzes, Two-Steps & Other Matters of the Heart" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Waltzes, Two-Steps & Other Matters of the Heart is the final recording from the “Gerry Hemingway Quintet” which was perhaps among the finest and most prolific modern or “new” jazz groups of the 90’s. The music represented here is culled from the band’s European and somewhat grueling 1996 tour.

The set opens with “Waltz in Seven” which is scored in 7/4 time as the band combine traditional romanticism with modern jazz motifs. Here, the Quintet take on the appearance of ...


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