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Antonio Hart: Ama Tu Sonrisa

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Since we last heard from the young alto player Antonio Hart, it was with the well-received album “Here I Stand" he cut for the former Impulse label. That record was a declaration of Hart's commitment to embracing an organic unity of music and life, and as such was prefaced by a quote from Alvin Ailey that evidently was to serve as Hart's mantra from there on out. Ailey had said “Each Artist must create his own unity according to his ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Antonio Hart: Here I Stand

Read "Here I Stand" reviewed by Douglas Payne

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 ...


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