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Clark TERRY, Dave GLASSER, Barry HARRIS – Uh! Oh! 1999

Posted in Barry HARRIS, Clark TERRY, Dave GLASSER, JAZZ on November 19, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Clark TERRY, Dave GLASSER, Barry HARRIS – Uh! Oh! 1999
2003 Issue.


Dave Glasser brings in his former teacher, Barry Harris, and frequent employer, Clark Terry, as sidemen on Uh! Oh!-though his own playing is the focus of this engaging CD. Glasser leans toward Johnny Hodges, particularly in the blues and ballads, but he knows the bop canon too. He gives evidence of that in five tracks with Terry and, even more dramatically, in a joust with guest trumpeter Roy Hargrove on Glasser’s “Bye-Yard.” Glasser and Hargrove, on flugelhorn, improvise so movingly together there and in their solos on the ballad “Charise” that further collaboration seems in order.

Trombonist Benny Powell and tenor saxophonist Frank Wess, full of wisdom and uncliched ideas, come aboard for several pieces, including septet versions of Billy Strayhorn’s “The Intimacy of the Blues” and Ellington’s “Blue Rose.” Glasser arranged both pieces with intriguing voicings and, in “Blue Rose,” countermelodies. Bassist Peter Washington and the eternally youthful drummer Curtis Boyd join pianist Harris to form a solid rhythm section. Harris’ solo and his interaction with Glasser’s alto on “52nd Street Theme” remind us that one of the most incisive bop pianists is still in top form. Glasser employs a sunny, slightly dry tone perfectly suited to his bossa nova, “A Touch of Kin.” As for Terry, he may fall back on proven routines like his trumpet-flugelhorn chases with himself and variations on his beloved “Pony Boy” quote, but he finds the harmonic heart of everything he plays, and in this recording he puts together melody lines whose beauty and invention can astound the listener.
By Doug Ramsey.
Alto saxophonist/composer Glasser’s project band is loaded with stars that shine brighter than his own, and this elevates his cachet to a very high level. Trumpet veteran Terry and peerless pianist Harris are joined by bassist Peter Washington and unsung drummer Curtis Boyd. Guests include trombonist Benny Powell, tenor saxophonist Frank Wess, and a pair of cameos from trumpeter Roy Hargrove. Glasser wrote eight of the 13 selections. There are several tracks that feature all four horn players, who swing effortlessly together on “The Intimacy of the Blues.” Glasser leads as the rest nod in counter-harmonic agreement during Duke Ellington’s “Blue Rose” and the “Foggy Day”-stylized Glasser original “FNH,” and they collectively swing their posteriors off on “Jumpin’ at the Woodside.” The leader can bop with the best, wailing in deftly pronounced Phil Woods fashion for Thelonious Monk’s “52nd Street Theme” with the witty ramblings of Harris, while the steaming, straight-ahead “Powell’s Prance” pairs Glasser and Wess — the alto being dominant — with a short, mushy trombone solo and individual statements by Washington and Boyd. Hargrove’s features with Glasser and the rhythm section are the darting unison, loose, and swinging line of the smartly titled “Bye-Yard” (assumedly for Jaki Byard) and Glasser’s original ballad “Charise.” Terry’s upfront shot on fl├╝gelhorn uses Glasser on the second line of the torch song “The Nearness of You,” which doubles time on a counterpointed bridge. Glasser and Terry’s muted trumpet trade and talk back riffs in great chit-chat banter with zeal and zest on the title cut, the funnest of swingers. Glasser’s thinly veiled vibrato wavers on the sexy ballad “Tranquility” while his lilting legato is displayed to good measure during the quick samba “A Touch of Kin.” This is an excellent grouping of top-notch jazz musicians who have come together for the sole purpose of playing great music, and they succeed on nearly every count. It’s also a great achievement for Glasser and another reminder of how wonderful Terry and Harris continue to be. Highly recommended.
By Michael G. Nastos.
Dave Glasser- alto sax
Clark Terry- trumpet, flugelhorne
Roy Hargrove trumpet, flugelhorn
Barry Harris- piano
Benny Powell- trombone
Frank Wess- tenor sax
Peter Washington- bass
Curtis Boyd- drums
01. Uh! Oh! 7:10
02. Bye-Yard 4:44
03. Touch Of Kin 6:14
04. Intimacy Of The Blues 6:05
05. Blue Rose 5:07
06. Charise 4:22
07. 52nd Street Theme 3:51
08. Fnh 5:15
09. The Nearness Of You 4:35
10. Ct 5:27
11. Tranquility 5:10
12. Powell’s Prance 5:15
13. Jumpin’ At The Woodside 3:03

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