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Album Review

This set finds bassist Robert Hurst leading the Tonight Show All-Stars (with Branford Marsalis on various reeds and pianist Kenny Kirkland), plus trumpeter Marcus Belgrave and guest Ralph Miles Jones III (on bass clarinet and bassoon) through 11 of his originals and a solo bass version of Thelonious Monk's "Evidence." The music is complex and hard-driving, but the improvisations are rather cold and sometimes boring. Hurst, a superior bassist, is not a superior composer, and his compositions at best set moods. Of the supporting cast, the most distinctive voices are Belgrave and Jones; the latter has a colorful bass clarinet solo on "The Snake Charmer." This is a decent effort, but not all that essential.

Biography

Born: October 4, 1964 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most successful and well-known jazz bassists of his generation, Robert "Bob" Hurst is best recognized for his work with Branford and Wynton Marsalis, as well as his time with the Tonight Show Band. Born in Detroit, Hurst first started playing professionally with local Detroit musicians including trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, who hired the bassist at age 15. Hurst made his recording debut in 1985 with the self-titled release from the Blue Note Records young all-star ensemble Out of the Blue....
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