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Young Lions & Old Tigers

  • 1. Roy Hargrove
    2. How High the Moon
    3. Michael Brecker Waltz
    4. Here Comes McBride
    5. Joe Lovano Tango
    6. In Your Own Sweet Way
    7. Joshua Redman
    8. Together
    9. Moody
    10. Gerry-Go-Round
    11. Ronnie Buttacavoli
    12. Deep In a Dream
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 83349

  • Credits
    ProducerRussell Gloyd; John Snyder
    EngineerJack Renner

    Personnel: Dave Brubeck (piano); James Moody (vocals, tenor saxophone); Jon Hendricks (vocals); Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman (tenor saxophone); Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Roy Hargrove (trumpet); Ronnie Buttacavoli (flugelhorn); George Shearing (piano); Chris Brubeck (electric bass); Christian McBride, Jack Six (bass); Randy Jones (drums).
    Recorded at The Carriage House, Stamford, Connecticutt on June 29, 1994; Sony Studios, New York, New York on March 3, 1995; Clinton Recording Studios, New York, New York on June 6 & 7, 1995; Ambient Recording Company, Stamford, Connecticutt on June 27, 1995. Includes liner notes by Dave Brubeck, Roy Hargrove, Jon Hendricks, Michael Brecker, Christian McBride, Joe Lovano, George Shearing, Joshua Redman, Gerry Mulligan, James Moody and Ronnie Buttacavoli.
    To celebrate his 75th birthday, Dave Brubeck recorded one number apiece with quite a variety of top jazz stars, both young and old. Some of the performances (which alternate duets with quartets) work better than others (eight are recent Brubeck compositions) but all of the musicians display mutual respect, and it is obvious that the guests are all fans of the still-masterful pianist. Trumpeter Roy Hargrove plays beautifully on his lyrical feature but Jon Hendricks, who sings "How High the Moon" as a ballad, takes it at such a slow tempo as to be dreary. Tenor-saxophonist Michael Brecker is fine on "Michael Brecker Waltz," although he sounds a bit restrained, the wittily-titled "Here Comes McBride" is a good-humored romp with bassist Christian McBride; Joe Lovano (on tenor) works well with Brubeck, and particularly memorable is the first meeting on record between Brubeck and fellow pianist George Shearing, with a chance-taking interpretation of "In Your Own Sweet Way." Joshua Redman performs fine hard bop on one song, "Together," is a well-conceived duet for baritonist Gerry Mulligan and Brubeck, James Moody plays tenor, sings, and yodels on the minor blues "Moody," Mulligan returns for the contrapuntal "Gerry-Go-Round," and, although the obscure flugelhornist Ronnie Buttacavoli sounds very out of place on his boring feature, the set closes with one of the strongest performances, a solo piano showcase for Brubeck on "Deep in a Dream." Overall, this is quite a mixed bag but, even with its occasional misses, the CD is a must for Dave Brubeck fans, because the pianist is consistently inventive throughout the unusual set. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (1/96, p.118) - 4 Stars - Excellent - " array of boppers young and old join him to pay eloquent and elegant tribute..."
    Down Beat (12/95, pp.55-56) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...The idea behind the album is having him perform with seniors he's known for ages and with unfamiliar faces in the flower of youth....It's a successful venture, though somewhat maddening because none of his new or old friends, save Gerry Mulligan, gets to grace more than a single number..."
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