John Hines, trombone; Michael Pagan, keyboards; Rob Ward, drums; Mike Williams, bass; Angela Holley, vocals; guest artist, Hugh Ragin, trumpet/flugelhorn
Leading on trombone, John Hines kicks off at a cheeky bounce with "In the Pocket", and Rodgers and Hart's "I Could Write A Book" is enhanced by the fine improvisational work of Hugh Ragin on trumpet. There is some really first class improvisational work from trombone, trumpet and piano on this CD. Each of the nine tracks offers it's own personality. An unusual version of "Secret Love", with a Latin beat and fast, excellent contributions from piano and drums. A gentle trumpet starts John Coltrane's "Central Park West" and is then joined in a smooth harmonic blend with the trombone; a nicely worked piece. "Hard Times" adds the spice of the Hammond Organ, a strong, swinging number; "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square" is set in an interesting rhythm of 6/8, the lowering of the key, says John Hines, gives it a darker feel; though this is hardly noticeable with the bouncy 6/8 rhythm, Angela Holley makes a good job of the vocals, handling the difficult key changing at the end with aplomb. "More Than A Friend", written by pianist Michael Pagan, allows the trombone and flugelhorn to play together and off of each other. "Kickin' Back", written by John Hines, has a good funky pulse to it and excellent improvisation from the piano. Hines produces some lush trombone playing to end the evening with "In A Sentimental Mood". A good CD.
by Ferdinand Maylin
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