Just Enough Tom Vin­cent Quar­tet Lumbini House ★★★ ✩

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - John McBeath

HO­BART-BASED pi­anist Tom Vin­cent has an ex­ten­sive CV. Across a 25-year ca­reer he has toured widely with groups in Aus­tralia, Asia, Europe, South Amer­ica, Canada and the US, where he resided for three years, study­ing and per­form­ing in New York. On this lat­est stu­dio al­bum Vin­cent has writ­ten nine of the 14 tunes. The mu­sic is well played and stylis­ti­cally it’s an evo­lu­tion from pre-Coltrane bop, with an ap­proach sim­i­lar to Cole­man Hawkins’s 1960s quar­tet with Red Gar­land on pi­ano. This is a Tas­ma­nian pro­duc­tion, ex­cept for Melbourne bassist Leigh Barker. Danny Healy is on tenor sax, Alf Jack­son plays drums. The band is on a pro­mo­tional tour of the eastern states un­til May 31. Three of the pieces are by Th­elo­nious Monk, in­clud­ing a swing­ing ver­sion of Green Chim­neys, adding a slightly comedic se­quence of two-bar ex­changes be­tween tenor and pi­ano. An­other Monk orig­i­nal,

Rhythm-a-ning, fea­tures Healy on bass clar­inet, marred by a ten­dency to in­ject comic-sound­ing pas­sages, though the pi­ano comes to the res­cue with a driv­ing solo. Vin­cent’s com­po­si­tions are var­ied and in­ter­est­ing, es­pe­cially the bal­lads, of which Big Creek Wed­ding is a good ex­am­ple with a melody pretty enough to in­clude in the stan­dards reper­toire. How Would You Dream moves gen­tly and sooth­ingly with a faint re­la­tion­ship to On

Green Dol­phin Street. A medium-tempo swinger, Get To­gether in­tro­duces a deftly sup­port­ive bass solo, while the ti­tle track, us­ing pi­ano with­out the sax, opens at a slower pace, with ef­fec­tive chords un­der­lin­ing a wan­der­ing theme be­fore break­ing into dou­ble time as it flows de­scrip­tively up and down the key­board.

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