Just Enough Tom Vincent Quartet Lumbini House ★★★ ✩
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.