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Old Times *

  • 1. For Alvin and John
    2. Old Times
    3. Requiem for Two Clarinets
    4. Caribbean Happy Feet
    5. Turn Around
    6. Angel
    7. Don't Step on Your Dreams
    8. Second Wind
    9. Jazzspeak - (dialogue)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 307

  • Credits
    ProducerAndrew Sordoni
    EngineerGary Chester; Jon Bates

    Personnel: George Young (leader, alto flute, clarinet, soprano, alto & tenor saxophones); Lew Del Gatto (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Ron Feuer (piano); Bob Di Nardo (guitar); Tony Marino (bass); Tom Whalley (drums); Jamey Haddad (drums, percussion).
    Recorded at National Recording Studios, New York, New York on September 12-13, 1989. Includes liner notes by Andrew Sordoni.
    Personnel: George Young (alto flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Bob DiNardo (guitar); Lew Del Gatto (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Ron Feuer (piano); Jamey Haddad (drums, percussion); Tom Whalley (drums).
    Liner Note Authors: Andrew Sordoni; Teo Macero.
    Recording information: N.Y.C., NY (09/12/1989/09/13/1989); New York, NY (09/12/1989/09/13/1989).
    Photographers: Rollo Phlecks; Howard Menkin.
    George Young is a veteran studio musician who has contributed to recording sessions in many fields of music, as well as soundtracks and commercials, though the veteran saxophonist has only occasionally recorded as a leader. He's still a jazz player at heart, so he gathered some friends together in 1989 to make this CD for Chiaroscuro. Young plays five different instruments over the eight originals, though his lack of name recognition combined with focusing exclusively on his own pieces probably works against him in trying to reach would-be buyers in music stores. That's not to say the music isn't enjoyable. "For Alvin and John" is dedicated to Al Cohn and Zoot Sims; this feature by Young and Lew Del Gatto on two tenor saxes is definitely an affectionate, swinging tribute. Young's soprano sax is a great foil for Del Gatto's clarinet in the happy "Old Times," while both men play clarinet in the dreamy "Requiem for Two Clarinets" (with Young also doubling on soprano sax). Young also is heard on alto flute, alto sax, and tenor sax on the date. He is capably supported by pianist Ron Feuer, guitarist Bob DiNardo, bassist Tony Marino, and either drummer Tom Whaley or Jamey Haddad. The final track features the leader speaking about his life in jazz. ~ Ken Dryden

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