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Somewhere In The Night
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
"Somewhere in the Night" captures the close interplay and highly inventive solos of two jazz giants: the legendary vibraphone icon and NEA Lifetime Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson, along with the perennial poll-winning Hammond B3 organ titan Joey DeFrancesco and his trio, completed by the excellent rhythm tandem of guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Byron Landham in a blazing set recorded live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in the Jazz at Lincoln Center complex in New York City. Each piece is a model of swinging excellence, and the 'best of the best' includes speed-burning compositions such as Hutcherson's time-shifting "Teddy", Ellington's "Take The Coltrane" with Hutcherson's outrageously great solo and a prodigious Landham drum solo, and the 6/8 tempo Hutcherson classic "Little B's Poem" with some sizzling DeFrancesco; the uptempo Milt Jackson blues "Skj" with a great Bernstein solo; the swinging beauty of Billy May's 'Naked City'-theme "Somewhere in the Night" and the "My Foolish Heart" tone poem with a dazzling Hutcherson solo intro. All concluding on a terrific uptempo version of "S'Wonderful" that swings madly through the Hutcherson and DeFrancesco solos. The accent is mainly on fire, invention, and intensity and this talented quartet delivers. Very Highly Recommended. Five FIERY Stars. (8 tracks; 59 minutes: 34 seconds)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2012
The session is rich in nuance and lyricism.Joey di Francesco appears to dominate the session but his playing is much
more subtle, intricate, and, yes, lyrical than I would expect from a B3 player. This leads me to think that Bobby
Hutcherson is in reality leading the session, albeit at a very cerebral level. The playing is a fabulous tapestry,
but I'm biased.I feel that Bobby shows his capabilities to the maximum when he plays his own compositions or those
of artists whose work is challenging and experimental right from its initial conception. This recording is for those
who love subtlety.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2013
I can't agree more with two - contrasting- reviewers ("fiery" and "subtle") on this great live CD: both dead right. Bobby Hutcherson and Joey de Francesco, admittedly two of my favourite jazz musicians, rollick and swirl in this recording backed by a solid team; the playing is indeed fiery and, as usual, also has BH's subtle painted touches and wonderful 'carry over' aftertastes of notes...that give a seasoned liquidity to his style of vibes, always framed in beautiful rhythms. On some tracks JdF is a bit subdued...compared to some of his many other recordings; some nice guitar and drum playing too. Add some great songs, "Somewhere in the Night" being an infatuating number and s'Wonderful leaving you breathless (the audience is up in arms!)...not to mention other nice slower songs. The recording itself is fairly good sound qualitywise, could be a bit clearer though this is a live gig (for the best enjoyment, listen on a headphone/amp with an intimate sound signature - the difference is palpable). I wish more recordings including video DVDs from Jazz at the Baltica (such as this very recording) were available. The CD reminds me of another BH and JdF collaboration -on JdF's Organics? band (also highlighting the same title track) - but I find myself much preferring this live collaboration. 4.5 Stars without question.
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on February 2, 2015
Great playing from some of the masters. I had the pleasure of seeing Byron Landham the drummer several times and he is the perfect drummer for this gig.
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on January 11, 2015
Bobby is my favorite on vibes
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2012
Just because you put together a bunch of all-stars doesn't always mean you have a winner, in many things. Here we have the great Bobby Hutchinson with the great Joey DeFrancesco. Actually, Joey's trio. There are some true gems in here and some songs just fall flat as if they weren't meant for an organ trio and vibes. The performers are terrific, it's just as I said: some songs are just an uncomfortable fit for an organ trio and vibes. Bobby sometimes seems at a loss when Joey lets that B3 loose. And when Joey backs off, Bobby seems to wander a bit because the rhythm section is the footboard of the B3 and the drums; this is where a bass would have saved the day because a bass player has much more range and can riff effectively whereas a B3 footboard is very limited. These are the numbers where this record stumbles. Being recorded live at The Blue Note (tourist trap extraordinaire; I know, I live in NYC) means lots of things are overlooked because of the crowd eating and moving around. I've seen artists transfix the crowd in that place, Joey's trio for one, so it's not just me. Grab it used or find other means. Worth a listen every now and then, but won't stay in my player.
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