149

Scott Hall Quartet: Strength in Numbers

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
There’s an abundance of talented young Jazz musicians on the scene today, far more than the traffic can bear, and chances are that only a handful will ever become well–known and/or wealthy. Scott Hall, who’s never been one to sit around and simply let things happen, knows well the odds against musical success, especially in a niche market whose appeal to the masses will always be minimal. So instead of relying on talent alone — he has plenty, by the way — the Chicago–based trumpeter established his own record label, Corridor, which has released several exemplary discs including Strength in Numbers, on which Hall presides over his own intrepid quartet. Not content simply to lead the group, he also wrote and arranged everything on the album. As a player, Hall is an ardent post–bopper with a clear, burnished tone and superior technique, which these days is enough to secure his place in the larger chorus but no more. Anything beyond that requires either uncommonly good fortune, a magical press agent/business manager or affiliation with a record club. Instead of waiting for that to happen, Hall keeps pressing forward, enlisting on his maiden voyage the services of three able shipmates who know how to navigate in even the choppiest waters. Montzka is an inventive helmsman whether on piano or organ (“Cold Peanut Butter,” “One Bar Code”), flashing his impressive chops on the up-tempo numbers and playing with delicacy and warmth on the more tranquil pieces such as “For Eyes.” As for bassist Kohut and drummer Dana Hall, they are so perfectly in synch that this sounds like a working group (which it may well be). Hall’s compositions are notably engaging, especially the faster–paced trio of “Latin on Lawndale,” “Scott’s Samba” and “Do Not Wet.” In charting an over–all impression of Strength in Numbers, we can’t improve upon the canny appraisal of Barry Winograd, another hard–working Chicago musician who declares in the liner notes that “this is a good, solid debut recording that leaves you wanting, hoping for, and expecting more.” Well put, Barry, and seconded here.

Track listing: Latin on Lawndale; Cold Peanut Butter; Moments of Momentum; For Eyes; Scott’s Samba; One Bar Coda; Strength in Numbers; Do Not Wet (51:28).


Personnel:

Scott Hall, trumpet, flugelhorn; Karl Montzka, piano, organ; Larry Kohut, bass; Dana Hall, drums.

Contact: Corridor Records, P.O. Box 47739, Chicago, IL 60647

Title: Strength in Numbers | Year Released: 1999 | Record Label: Corridor Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Slægt CD/LP/Track Review Slægt
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 24, 2017
Read An Eye on the Future CD/LP/Track Review An Eye on the Future
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 24, 2017
Read Cherry ‎– Sakura CD/LP/Track Review Cherry ‎– Sakura
by John Sharpe
Published: September 24, 2017
Read Blow, Strike & Touch CD/LP/Track Review Blow, Strike & Touch
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 24, 2017
Read Elusive CD/LP/Track Review Elusive
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 23, 2017
Read Transitions CD/LP/Track Review Transitions
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: September 23, 2017
Read "Honey And Salt" CD/LP/Track Review Honey And Salt
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 10, 2017
Read "Numbers" CD/LP/Track Review Numbers
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 30, 2017
Read "The Twilight Fall" CD/LP/Track Review The Twilight Fall
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 9, 2017
Read "In Praise of Shadows" CD/LP/Track Review In Praise of Shadows
by Dave Wayne
Published: March 19, 2017
Read "Sinatra & Jobim @ 50" CD/LP/Track Review Sinatra & Jobim @ 50
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: August 30, 2017
Read "Big Wheel Live" CD/LP/Track Review Big Wheel Live
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 17, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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