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Album Review

This might very well be baritonist Nick Brignola's final record, for he passed away a year later. Brignola still sounds in prime form on this pianoless quartet/quintet set with guitarist Chuck D'Aloia, bassist Eddie Gomez, drummer Bill Stewart, and (on four of the nine songs) percussionist Café. Brignola plays two standards, a song by D'Aloia, Dave Holland's "Backwoods Song," an obscurity, and four standards, including "Donna Lee" and "Centerpiece." Despite worsening health, he plays with plenty of power and drive on this excellent hard bop set.


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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