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Album Review

Dave Glasser doesn't fall for the latest gimmicks, but offers pure jazz in a consistently swinging setting. Starting with an impressive unaccompanied interpretation of "Pannonica," the alto saxophonist signals that he is also looking for fresh approaches to familiar songs. On the rest of the CD, his impeccable rhythm section (Barry Harris, Peter Washington, and Lewis Nash) provides him with ample support. Harris' subtle solo in Tadd Dameron's infrequently performed "Focus" is also an object of beauty, while the strolling take of Duke Ellington's gorgeous "Don't You Know I Care" invites memories of the legendary Johnny Hodges. His bop chops are hardly in question in "Moose the Mooche," where he mixes both gritty and melodic styles into his solo. But a hefty portion of this studio session focuses on Glasser's thoughtful originals. "Ode to a Toad" has a jaunty air, while "Revol-ver" is a tense work full of twists in an uptempo setting. "Dreams Askew, Dreams Anew" is a bittersweet ballad that also invites comparison to Johnny Hodges' lyricism; there's no mistaking the story that Glasser is telling on his horn. "Funny Money" is a sassy Latin number that adds trumpeter Kurt Weiss. The title "Czakass" may be Glasser's idea of a Polish joke (the first two letters are pronounced like a "j" in Polish), but the piece itself is a smoldering slow blues. He closes with an unaccompanied performance of his intimate ballad "Love Letters." This is another fine date by a musician deserving of wider recognition.

Customer Reviews

Wow! Not Even Close.

Well, Dave has definitely improved from this album. "Begin Again", his latest album blows this one out of the water! There seriously is about that much of a difference. "Begin Again" has a great variety of tones, beats, and, in my own opinion, skill. Of course, I heard "Begin Again" before this album, and it was that album that made me a fan. This album, many of the songs sound a lot alike. Buy "Begin Again"!

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

In straight-ahead jazz circles, native New Yorker Dave Glasser is perhaps best known for his extensive work as a sideman for veteran trumpeter/flügelhornist Clark Terry. The alto saxophonist (who shouldn't be confused with engineer David Glasser or classical clarinetist David Glazer) is an unapologetic bebopper; his alto playing owes a lot to the seminal Charlie "Bird" Parker and his disciples (including Sonny Stitt and Gigi Gryce), and he obviously loves the swift, exhilarating bebop chord changes...
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Dreams Askew, Dreams Anew, Dave Glasser
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Oct 23, 2001

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