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Quality Time

Bob Mintzer Quartet

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Album Review

Yellowjackets reedman Bob Mintzer, best-known outside that group for his big band recordings, steps out in a more straight-ahead jazz direction with Quality Time. Several of the tracks have a feel similar to the Yellowjackets acoustic work, while "All Is Quiet" sounds like a Coltrane ballad from the mid-'60s. On eight of the album's ten tracks, Mintzer's supporting cast includes pianist Phil Markowitz, bassman Jay Anderson and drummer Peter Erskine. The remaining two cuts are probably outtakes from recent Yellowjackets' recording sessions, with Mintzer playing bass clarinet beside Russell Ferrante's clavinet on the group-written "Emit A1," and the quartet showing its acoustic chops on "Family." Quality Time is more of a blowing session than the typical Yellowjackets disc, but the compositions and performances are every bit as high in quality.

Quality Time, Bob Mintzer Quartet
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 10 November 1998

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