CD CRAZY WORLD [Laurence Hobgood Trio/Laurence Hobgood] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 4372184),
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CRAZY WORLD [Laurence Hobgood Trio/Laurence Hobgood] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Revival
    2. Prayer for the Enemy
    3. When in Rome
    4. March to Epiphany
    5. Trinity
    6. More Than You Know
    7. Dreaded Symphony, The
    8. Crazy World
    9. Endless Stars
    10. Windowman
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): NAIMCD 084

  • Credits
    ProducerLaurence Hobgood
    EngineerKen Christianson

    Personnel: Kurt Elling (vocals); Laurence Hobgood (piano); Rob Amster (double bass); Frank Parker (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Laurence Hobgood.
    Recording information: Lily Reid Hold Memorial Chapel, Lake Forest College (08/02/2004-08/04/2004); Pro Musica, Chicago, IL (08/02/2004-08/04/2004).
    Arranger: Laurence Hobgood.
    For his fourth recording as a leader apart from his regular duties with Kurt Elling, pianist Laurence Hobgood provides a tonic for the troops. This CD of mostly originals and a few familiar songs is subdued by Hobgood's standards. Usually a pronounced, active, and busy player, he's toned it down as an antidote to the insane rat race existence many of us face. The mood overall is introspective, but not at all dull or languid, as Hobgood and regular rhythm mates Rob Amster on bass and Paul Wertico on drums play a series of very modern compositions that sport distinctive traditional, classical, and faith-based elements. The CD begins with a folkish, light funky, and bouncy gospel-shaded "Revival," exploring pure melodicism. A hauntingly deep waltz "Prayer for the Enemy," a restrained take of the popular stage tune "When in Rome," the anticipatory, tidy bass-fronted dirge "March to Epiphany," and a contemporary singsong, church-informed "Trinity" hold the trio in sway. But this project concludes even more strong musically on a contrasting harmonic and spiritual level. A healing "The Dreaded Symphony," a quite pretty version of Henry Mancini's "Crazy World," and the huge 14-and-a-half-minute "Windowman," with its baroque introduction and steady, deeply reflective, divine body of hope and quiet optimism, take the project out in a different light. Kurt Elling is here for two songs -- a wonderful straight read of the pining ballad "More Than You Know" and a supple samba take of the Fred Hersch composition "Endless Stars." For some of Hobgood's fans this CD might come as a surprise, but for those who do know the tender, gentle, and sensitive side of Hobgood's genius, this will be an album to proudly own along with his other recorded efforts. ~ Michael G. Nastos

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