CD The Evening Sound * (CD 1045948),
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The Evening Sound *

  • 1. Clever Air, A
    2. Contemplations
    3. Evening Sound, The
    4. Coffee Shop
    5. Shades of Blue
    6. Night Owls
    7. Urban Lights
    8. Willowmere
    9. Black Beans
    10. Blues for Red and Brown
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0017

  • Credits
    ProducerNeal Miner; Luke Kaven

    Personnel: Neal Miner (acoustic bass); Chris Byars (flute, tenor saxophone); Richie Vitale (trumpet); John Mosca (trombone); Steve Ash (piano); Tom Melito (drums).
    Liner Note Authors: Neal Miner; Luke Kaven.
    Recording information: Sean Swinney Recording, New York, NY (12/09/2002/12/10/2002).
    Since bassist Neal Miner was one of the regular players at Smalls in New York City for over a decade, it should be no surprise that producer Luke Kaven would be interested in releasing a CD by Miner on the Smalls record label. Leading a strong post-bop sextet including pianist Steve Ash, trombonist John Mosca, trumpeter Richie Vitale, tenor saxophonist Chris Byars and drummer Tom Melito, Miner's originals would fit into the play list of any band specializing in the genre. Highlights include the tasty "Blues for Red and Brown" (saluting two giants of the bass, Red Mitchell and Ray Brown), a mellow ballad and bass feature "The Evening Sound," along with the catchy "Night Owls," which showcases Mosca extensively. If there's any reservation about these performances, it is a minor one -- Byars' tendency to repeat the same lick (a snatch of "Stranger in Paradise"), though even far bigger names have been known to fall into such a pattern on recording dates or in live settings. Neal Miner is one of a host of best kept secrets among New York jazz club patrons, though the greater exposure through this recommended release may give him a little more recognition. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.66) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Miner leads a sextet mostly composed of Smalls stalwarts who understand that an engaging solo in this setting is better built with small details instead of broad strokes."
    JazzTimes (p.139) - "The writing is classic, the playing confident and the atmosphere genial and cozy..."
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