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Album Review

As has been noted in other reviews of Nick Brignola's recordings on Reservoir Records, these are the best renderings of a true baritone sax artist. The title cut on this album is worth the price of admission alone. Brignola takes Ahmad Jamal's version of the same song to another plane and almost doubles the length. He stretches it out to places where Café, the great Brazilian percussionist, can put in percussion both delicate and sensual. The title cut is unforgettable and to be reckoned with. There's hard bop and swing here, too. There are very sensitive and forward takes on "A Ghost of a Chance" and "When You Wish Upon a Star." Billy Strayhorn's "Upper Manhattan Medical Group" is another track that blisters with energy. "April Mist" is a samba that moves right along the path. Brignola had an uncanny ability to combine his muscular phrasing with a supreme sensitivity. Nick Brignola never got the recognition that he deserved while alive, which is common with jazz musicians. But that doesn't mean that their work won't live forever in the form of recorded music. Highly recommended for jazz fans and listeners who want to go beyond musical categories.


Born: 17 July 1936 in Troy, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Nick Brignola's 45-year career brought him into contact with many of the most accomplished mainstream improvisers of his generation. Primarily identified with the baritone saxophone, he also performed and recorded using alto and soprano as well as flute and clarinet. Never exactly famous in the U.S. yet greatly appreciated by jazz lovers at home and by the international jazz community at large (especially during his final decade of activity), Brignola cut more than 20 albums as a leader and worked...
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