Bill Crow Quartet – From Birdland To Broadway (1996) [Japan 2015]
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In the course of his long career as a bassist, Bill Crow has rubbed elbows with such luminaries as Gerry Mulligan, Marian McPartland, Stan Getz, and Duke Ellington. On this release for Japanese Venus Records, Bill Crow, who is an accomplished soloist when he chooses to take a chorus or two, is joined by veteran tenor saxophonist Carmen Leggio, guitarist Joe Cohn (son of tenor sax legend Al Cohn), and drummer David Jones.
Crow has played Broadway shows, including “Boccaccio,” “Rogers & Hart,” “The King and I,” “The Grand Tour,” “Morrisey Hall,” “On the Twentieth Century,” and “42nd Street.” He appears on many recordings with other jazz musicians, and has two CDs under his own name, The Bill Crow Quartet, with Venus Records of Tokyo. He has also self-produced a trio album with Hiroshi Yamazaki and John Cutrone titled “Embraceable You,” and another with guitarist Armand Hirsch titled “Bill Crow Sings”.
The title track is a catchy blues with a snappy strut rhythm and fine solos by both Cohn and Leggio, while “Share a Key” is a tasty bossa nova. Crow also revives an oldie, “News From Blueport,” which the bassist had written in the early ’60s while a member of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet; this memorable blues still inspires musicians to shine. In addition to several enjoyable arrangements of standards, Crow’s subtle scoring of Oscar Pettiford’s “Tricotism” and Mulligan’s underappreciated ballad “Night Lights” round out this highly recommended release.
01. From Birdland To Broadway
02. Share A Key
03. Okay, Bug
04. News From Blueport
05. Autumn Leaves
06. Fools Rush In
07. Just Friends
09. My Funny Valentine
10. Night Lights
Bill Crow – bass
Carmen Leggio – tenor sax
Joe Cohn – guitar
David Jones – drums
Produced & Mastered by Tetsuo Hara. Engineered & Mixed by Rudy Van Gelder.
Recorded on November 19-20, 1995 at Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey.
Venus Hyper Magnum Sound Direct Mix. VENUS Japan # VHGD-113.