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East Coast Stroll

Dick Berk

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Album Review

This release from drummer Dick Berk & the Jazz Adoption Agency teams together three veterans (Berk, pianist John Hicks, and bassist Ray Drummond) with the promising young tenor Jay Collins and the frequently exciting guitarist Dan Faehnle. The music ranges from bop (a cooking rendition of Charlie Parker's "Klactoveedsetene") and the soul-jazz of Collins' "East Coast Stroll" to a 6/4 version of "Everything Happens to Us" and Wes Montgomery's rarely played "SOS." Every selection is enjoyable, including the heated blues "That Party Upstairs" and Collins' ballad feature on "We'll Be Together Again." This underrated band was one of the best in 1990s hard bop.

Biography

Born: 22 May 1939 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Leader of the Jazz Adoption Agency since the early '80s, Dick Berk was important both as a stimulating drummer and as a talent scout. After attending the Berklee College of Music and playing with bands in Boston in the early '60s, he moved to New York, where he performed with a quintet that included Ted Curson and Bill Barron (1962-1964), plus with Charles Mingus, Mose Allison, Freddie Hubbard, and Walter Bishop, Jr., among others. Relocating to Los Angeles in the late '60s, Berk worked and recorded...
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