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Album Review

Gregory Tardy is a Young Lion of the late '90s, a superior and advanced hard bop player with superior technique, flexibility and a gradually developing sound of his own. Best-known for being a member of the Tom Harrell Quintet (Harrell guests on one selection and fellow trumpeter Russell Gunn is on two), Tardy has the potential to become an original in the future. Although he contributed six of the nine selections to this CD (most being moderately complex pieces that serve as vehicles for his passionate solos), and as is often the case, the strongest melodies are the standards. In this case "Prisoner of Love" (taken as a duet with Mulgrew Miller, who shares the piano duties with Aaron Goldberg) and Thelonious Monk's "Ask Me Now" are two of the main highlights. This is not an essential disc but a strong step forward for the young tenor saxophonist.

Customer Reviews

Greg Tardy Soars

This album soars to the highest musical peaks with a stellar group- I mean, you can't beat the configurations here. I bought this album when Tardy was just beginning his career and I was delving deeper into my love for modern jazz- and I haven't put it down since. What you get: a few hot originals, beautifully rendered takes on jazz standards, and phenomenal musicianship, at the heart of which lies lots of soul. The musicians are all certainly up to the task- veteran pianist Mulgrew Miller and the then rising talent, Aaron Goldberg sharing the piano chair- both lend to some incendiary playing here. They are supported by the great trumpeters, Tom Harrell and Russell Gunn on select tracks. And you can't go wrong with Reginald Veal and the now ferociously talented, Eric Harland (a long-standing member of Aaron Golberg's trio).


Genre: Jazz

b. c. 1964, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Tardy studied classical clarinet as a child, encouraged by his parents, both of whom were opera singers. His mother, Jo Anne Tardy, after singing classical music became a gospel-influenced jazz singer. After switching to tenor saxophone, Tardy played with funk bands in Milwaukee before his brother urged him to listen to jazz, after which he was especially influenced by John Coltrane’s recordings. He studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and at the...
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