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Live At Birdland

Holly Hofmann Quartet

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Album Review

Holly Hofmann's seventh CD as a leader was recorded during an extended live engagement at Birdland, with frequent collaborators Bill Cunliffe on piano and Victor Lewis on drums, as well as a special guest, bassist Ray Brown. The diverse program includes the bassist's upbeat "Brown Bossa," a lyrical treatment of Mal Waldron's "Soul Eyes," creative approaches to Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo" and "In a Sentimental Mood" (the latter a superb duet by Hofmann and Brown), and a turbocharged take of Oscar Pettiford's hard bop classic "Bohemia After Dark." Regardless of the song or style, Hofmann never has to resort to the gimmicks that many players of her instrument often resort to; she is a convincing soloist on every track. The intimate sound achieved by engineer Bruce Egre gives the listener the feeling of being in the center of the front row at this modern Manhattan landmark.

Customer Reviews

Killer Jazz Flute

This is a killer CD with standout musicians all around. Holly Hofmann plays some of the most soulful flute I have ever heard. She uses the low register to great effect in "Soul Eyes " and "Sentimental Mood. Her color and vocabulary on the flute are broad and executed with great control. " She plays the blues with feeling and swings hard on the up-tempo pieces. Ray Brown is always in fine form, and Bill Cunliffe and Victor Lewis round out an all star band with good chemistry. Fun, thoughtful, energizing music......like Jazz ought to be!

Live At Birdland, Holly Hofmann Quartet
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: Jan 01, 2000

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