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Album Review

This is Tardo Hammer's debut recording as a leader, and the pianist's solid, if mundane, technique shows why he is in demand as a supporting player. His strong command of the bebop vocabulary and sensitive touch lend themselves to performing standards, which comprise most of the album. Along with the very fine Dennis Irwin on bass and Leroy Williams on drums, the trio is a finely tuned unit that rarely ignites, but never misses a beat. The results are satisfactory, though hardly innovative. The group takes some subtle liberties with tempos and harmonies, showing an ability to interpret classics in a slightly different way. Nonetheless, there is little to distinguish the trio's playing on this recording from the host of other, similarly finely crafted piano trios performing in New York City and other metro centers.


Born: November 28, 1951 in Birmingham, AL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Bassist Dennis Irwin was a fixture of New York City jazz for over three decades, playing on more than 500 LPs including sessions headlined by Art Blakey, John Scofield, and Joe Lovano. Born in Birmingham, AL on November 28, 1951, Irwin grew up in Atlanta and Knoxville -- his older brothers were jazz buffs, and with their encouragement he began playing clarinet. In the mid-'60s the family relocated to Houston, where the teenaged Irwin played alto sax in a series of local R&B band. While studying classical...
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 1999

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