Sound-Ef­fect HighNote

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Mu­sic Re­views - RAY COMISKEY

Vibes player Steve Nel­son takes time out from Dave Hol­land’s su­pe­rior quin­tet for a re­laxed blow­ing ses­sion with a blue rib­bon rhythm sec­tion: Mul­grew Miller (pi­ano), Peter Wash­ing­ton (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums). No­body ven­tures out­side the pad­dock and, apart from a mo­men­tary un­cer­tainty near the close of a groov­ing You and the Night and the Mu­sic, the mu­sic is like eaves­drop­ping on a chat be­tween old friends who are, mu­si­cally speak­ing, qual­ity con­ver­sa­tion­al­ists. More­over, de­spite the sim­i­lar­ity of their in­stru­ments, Nel­son and an in-form Miller are adept at not cov­er­ing each other’s lines. Nel­son’s three orig­i­nals of­fer changes that clearly stim­u­late the dia­logue, and the quar­tet’s dis­course also re­ward­ingly em­braces Ah­mad Ja­mal’s Night Mist Blues, Fred­die Hub­bard’s Up Jumped Spring and the late James Wil­liams’s Arioso. One for fans.­bou­

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