Thursday, 1 September 2011
Now that summer is over (thank feck) the club re-starts its monthly 5k handicap tonight. I'll give that a go - it's usually a good indicator of how the training is going
The other unusual album is "Jazz Contrasts". It's Dorham's contribution to the ubiquitous "with strings" album stage that all horn players seem to go through - but with a twist. Instead of being joined by an entire string section the quintet are joined by Betty Glamann on harp (on this set Sonny Rollins is on sax). Less "boppish" than the other entries in the box set and a bit heavier on ballads (as are most "strings" albums) but this is a really nice album. A beautiful version of "I'll Remember April" that runs to just over twelve minutes and isn't one second too long. Too fast for a ballad, a bit too languid for bop (at times) ... but a speeded up bossa, Max Roach is on drums and drives this one like a train.