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Some­thing Sen­ti­men­tal

Kind of Blue

When John Aber­crom­bie (gui­tar), Jay An­der­son (bass), Dave Lieb­man (so­prano) and Adam Nuss­baum (drums) got to­gether to re­mem­ber de­parted par­ents by play­ing old stan­dards, a some­times leisurely, oc­ca­sion­ally hard-driv­ing ses­sion re­sulted, full of warm mem­o­ries; a kind of mu­tu­ally as­sured se­duc­tion. If that were all, it would be at­trac­tive enough. But, even at its most re­laxed, it's filled with a sense of the un­ex­pected, es­pe­cially from the main soloists, Lieb­man and Aber­crom­bie, as they ad­dress well-worn pieces like Poin­ciana and I Hear A Rhap­sody; even The Party’s Over and All Of Me don’t quite de­feat them. And de­spite what is for them un­usual reper­toire, they serve up fine play­ing on Lover Man,

Be­same Mucho and All The Things You Are (with the old Char­lie Parker in­tro). The group’s ti­tle, by the way, is the English trans­la­tion of Nuss­baum. www.kind­ofblue records.com

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