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2173 EmailPAT BIANCHI – In the Moment
Savant Records SCD 2173
Pat Bianchi, organ
Paul Bollenback, guitar • Byron Landham, drums
With special guests
Peter Bernstein, guitar • Carmen Intorre, Jr, drums
Joe Locke, vibes • Kevin Mahogany, vocal
Pat Martino, guitar
Track listing: Humpty Dumpty • Blue Gardenia • Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing • Mr. PM • Barracudas (General Assembly) • Crazy • No Expectations •  I Want to Talk About You •  Fall • Four in One
Capable of everything from vibrato-laden intimate murmurings to sermonizing at a roaring volume, the jazz organ can sometimes be strangely dispiriting – like being stuck at a bar with a non-stop talker.  PAT BIANCHI will have none of that, eschewing all the clichés and displaying the instrument’s versatility with a setlist that ranges from Chick Corea to Patsy Cline to Monk and Billy Eckstine.  For this, Bianchi’s first recording on Savant, the leader has brought along a number of friends and colleagues including PAT MARTINO, JOE LOCKE, CARMEN INTORRE, JR. the late, lamented KEVIN MAHOGANY and others making for an extra-special debut recording.
Montreal Memories
HighNote Records HCD 7320
Frank Morgan, alto saxophone
George Cables, piano
Recorded Live in Canada, 1989
Track listing:  Now’s the Time • All the Things You Are • A Night in Tunisia • ‘Round Midnight • Confirmation • Blues for Rosalinda • Helen’s Song • Lullaby • Medley: Nefertiti / Billie’s Bounce
Jazz duo recordings can provide an exceedingly wide range of musical expression including but not limited to, profundity, humor, tenderness, introspection, exuberance and a whole host of others which can all change at the drop of a flatted-fifth.  This type of mercurial interplay is on full display on this live gig from the Théatre Port-Royal in Montreal, Canada.  Morgan and Cables played together frequently and their improvising is imbued with an almost telepathic communication.  Cables’ large piano tone is the perfect accompaniment to Morgan’s slightly dry, Bird-like sound.  At the same time, their spontaneity and sheer joy of music making succeeds in even making the chestnut “All the Things You Are” sound fresh and newly wrought.

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