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One of many fine outings by Harold Danko for Steeplechase, this quartet session is a bit different from most of his CDs for the label, as he mostly focuses on revisiting his older compositions. With the solid tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Jeff Hirschfield rounding out this talented group, the pianist explores songs written during several different decades. His richly textured tribute "Wayne Shorter" is an excellent portrait featuring Perry, while the turbulent descending line of "McCoy's Passion" captures the energy of McCoy Tyner perfectly. The upbeat "Swift Shifting" is described by Danko as a blues of sorts, though few listeners will likely think of his driving post-bop anthem in that way. The one new song making its debut is the quirky "Personal Cornucopia," which alternates between its complex theme and soft, introspective passages for the rhythm section.


Born: 13 June 1947 in Sharon, PA

Genre: Jazz

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

An underrated but consistently creative modern jazz pianist, Harold Danko has been an asset to many sessions through the years. He graduated from Youngstown State University and played in big bands led by Chet Baker, Woody Herman, and Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, plus the combos of Gerry Mulligan and Lee Konitz and with his own groups. Danko, who has been on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and the New School, often teamed up with...
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