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  • Audio CD (September 20, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reservoir Records
  • ASIN: B000AA4K74
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,689 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Everything was just right, if not perfect, for Hod O'Brien's performance at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. on July 6th and 7th, 2004 -- a receptive audience was there for both nights, recording engineer Jim Anderson captured the music and club ambiance, the great rhythm section of bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Kenny Washington shined, and pianist Hod O'Brien was at his very best. The trio dug into Sonny Rollins' "Pent-up House," and they don't let up for the next 57 minutes. They also performed tunes like Billy Strayhorn's "Snibor," Randy Weston's "Little Niles," "How About You," "Love Letters," and the Ellington/Strayhorn melody of "Do Nothing 'til You Hear From Me" and "Take The A Train."

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Tapscott on March 27, 2006
Hod' O'Brien's "Second Set" is a continuation of the excellent piano jazz found on First Set. Together, the two CD's represent an evening's work by O'Brien's fine trio (including Ray Drummond on bass and Kenny Washington on drums) recorded live at Blues Alley in Washington D.C. in the summer of 2004.

My comments on "First Set" apply equally to "Second Set". Perhaps it should be added that O'Brien has selected pieces for improvisation which are consistently interesting and give a good sense of shape and balance to each set. Some of the pieces are quite well-known (though generally not overplayed), while others are more obscure. It is a delight to hear pieces like Billy Strayhorn's "Snibor", Randy Weston's powerful "Little Niles" (a highlight of the set), and a jaunty version of Ellington's "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear from Me", played by this trio. Sonny Rollins' "Pent-Up House" showcases Kenny Washington's excellent drumming which is consistently swinging and supportive throughout both sets. It can also be mentioned that along with his obvious bebop orientation, O'Brien brings a deep blues feeling to his improvisations which is most satisfying to the listener (hear for example, "Snibor", and Joe Zawinul's "Frog's Legs" from "First Set").

The excellent "Second Set" is highly recommended, and if possible, should be obtained together with "First Set."
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