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The Big Push

  • 1. Surrey with the Fringe on Top, The
    2. Today's Nights
    3. Day You Said Goodbye, The
    4. Just Wait and See
    5. Annika's Lullaby
    6. I Have a Dream
    7. Everything I Have Is Yours
    8. Big Push, The
    9. Poppa Nat
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7144

  • Credits
    ProducerDon Sickler; Don Sickler
    EngineerRudy VanGelder; Rudy VanGelder

    Personnel: Larry Willis (piano); Buster Williams (bass instrument); Al Foster (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Rudy Van Gelder.
    Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (05/09/2005).
    Long a greatly in-demand sideman, pianist Larry Willis excels during this opportunity to lead his own trio. With superb support from bassist Buster Williams and the tasteful drummer Al Foster, Willis explores a variety of standards, obscurities, and a pair of his originals. The interpretations are lyrical, quietly emotional, harmonically sophisticated, and full of subtle surprises. This is the type of jazz recording that grows in interest with each listen, for there is a great deal happening just beneath the surface. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.70) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The piano trio format suits Willis, whose strong rhythmic sense is balanced by his talent for melodic improvisations."
    JazzTimes (p.135) - "With Buster Williams and Al Foster on board, the musical support system is also state of the art on this trio date....This is a classy recital, made even more fun by Van Gelder's clean, full-bandwidth sound."
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