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Manhattan Morning

Leonard Hochman

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Album Review

Veteran tenor-saxophonist Leonard Hochman is actually less known than his sidemen (pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Harvie Swartz, drummer Victor Lewis and vibraphonist Joe Locke) on this CD. Hochman, who was musically active back in the 1950's before spending much of his life outside of jazz, returned to the creative music scene in the early 1990's and proved to still be in his musical prime. On his second recording as a leader, Hochman on tenor at various times hints at Stan Getz, Lester Young and Dexter Gordon while displaying a solid tone of his own. His bop-oriented bass clarinet (heard at its best dueting with bassist Swartz on "The End Of A Beautiful Friendship") is featured on half of the selections and he shows that Eric Dolphy's approach is not the only way to improvise on the underrated and colorful instrument. Other highlights include Hochman's moody "Manhattan Morning," a warm rendition (on bass clarinet) of "I Apologize" and such obscure gems as Art Pepper's "Tynan Time" and Dexter Gordon's "Cheesecake." Vibraphonist Locke's lyrical playing is an added plus on the ballads. This fine modern mainstream date is easily recommended.

Customer Reviews

Great album

Great Selmer Mark VI tenor sound and even better bass clarinet which is not so easy to listen to from other artists. All of this from an unfairly not known enough player, together with a topnotch rhythm section. (Kenny Barron among others)
Mr. Hochman's solo on Manhattan Morning made Kenny Barron himself ask the tenor player: "man, where have you been?"
All around a great jazz album. Highly recommend it.

Biography

Born: 1933

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s

Considering how fine Leonard Hochman plays on his 1994 Brownstone CD Until Tomorrow (sounding a bit like Zoot Sims on tenor and displaying a warm tone on bass clarinet), it is surprising that this was his first album as a leader, and that he had largely stopped playing back in 1963! Born in Philadelphia, Hochman lived for a period in New York City and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He started playing tenor when he was 11. He freelanced from the time he was 15 until he turned 24, playing in a wide...
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