Retro fiends attuned to the world of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper will like this very neat and precise trip down memory lane from alto saxophonist Allison Neale,
US guitarist Peter Bernstein adds a little star power to her reliable British bassist Dave Green and that mainstreamer's mainstreamer, drummer Steve Brown.
Full of evergreens from the American Songbook there is a lot of respect displayed for the material often taken at a very stately pace and so a very orthodox way of approaching historic jazz is the style. Lionel Hampton and Sonny Burke's 'Midnight Sun' is just one of the picks of the album from an excellent saxophonist who was a featured member of the John Dankworth Generations Band and the Back to Basie Orchestra. An album that belongs as much to the 1950s as the 2020s, as a listener an active sense of nostalgia is certainly required. Out now on Ubuntu.
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