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Album Review

Bassist Luther Hughes has put together an excellent tribute to both Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane, yet without sticking exclusively to the most familiar compositions or even songs that one or the other actually recorded. Hughes, the longtime bassist for the late Gene Harris, features tenor saxophonist Glenn Cashman and alto saxophonist Bruce Babad, both of whom show the influence of the respective players while showing some individualism in their styles. Tom Ranier and Ed Czach alternate on piano, while drummer Paul Kreibich (who worked in the Gene Harris Quartet alongside Hughes) anchors the rhythm section. They open the session with a breezy take of Tadd Dameron's "Super Jet," following it with a soulful arrangement by the leader of Coltrane's "Bass Blues." Cashman's simmering reworking of Coltrane's "Impressions" is less adventurous than the composer's typical recordings, but it also works well as a more subtle arrangement. Hughes' fluid bassline powers the inspired saxophone battle in "Limehouse Blues," with both saxophonists coming out winners. Conga player Tom Poingsett is added for Kreibich's catchy samba "Partido Mar Vista." This session easily merits a follow-up recording.

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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Feb 09, 2005

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