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Album Review

For pianist Mickey Tucker's second Steeplechase recording he gathered a group of fine young players, saxophonists Javon Jackson and Donald Harrison, trumpeter Greg Gisbert, and drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith, augmented by veteran bassist Ray Drummond, to perform a challenging program of six hard bop-oriented originals, four by Tucker, and a nice trio arrangement of the standard "Star Eyes." With two former Jazz Messengers and Jackson and Harrison on the front line, the music takes on a Jazz Messenger-like flavor, with the melodies of "Happy" and "Hook Turns and Hectacres" adding a modern twist. Tucker's "Happy" has one of the fastest-moving melodies one will ever hear. Starting with a fast piano-drums duet, the composition moves into a tricky line so fast the horns can hardly play it, then into blazing uptempo for the soloists fueled by Smith's driving drumming. Other favorites include the finger poppin "Wombat Children," the funky "Cloud Seven," and another up-tempo burner, "Mickey's Tucker." A welcome addition to Tucker's small discography.


Born: 28 April 1941 in Durham, NC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Since the '60s Mickey Tucker has graced hard bop recordings by such players as Junior Cook, James Moody, Frank Foster, Louis Hayes, and others. Primarily a pianist, Tucker has also performed on organ, notably with Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Tucker began playing piano around the age of six. Experience playing in church as a youngster influenced his musical concept. In the mid-'60s he backed non-jazz acts Little Anthony & the Imperials, R&B vocalist Damita Jo, and comedian Timmy Rogers. His jazz career took...
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Hang In There, Mickey Tucker
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  • 11,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 01 January 1992

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