...inventive, straight ahead and swinging. The Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet shows how creative the modern mainstream of jazz remains...
Paying tribute to the profound effect Jim Hall had on their music, guitarist Tom Dempsey and bassist Tim Ferguson's fourth album together approaches six of Hall's classic compositions, and several standards that the guitarist made distinctively his own over a storied career. Featuring saxophonist Joel Frahm and drummer Eliot Zigmund, the quartet explores "All Across The City," "Something Special" and the title track, all by Hall, and their take on "Alone Together," "All the Things You Are," and "Skylark," as they give a nod to Hall's contributions to modern jazz and the impact of his enduring legacy.
1 Something Special 5:58 (Jim Hall)
2 All The Things You Are 5:47 (Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II)
3 Big Blues 6:01 (Jim Hall)
4 All Across The City 5:53 (Jim Hall)
5 Waltz New 6:10 (Jim Hall)
6 Careful 6:00 (Jim Hall)
7 Alone Together 5:44 (Howard Dietz-Arthur Schwartz)
8 Subsequently 5:53 (Jim Hall)
9 Skylark 5:53 (Hoagy Carmichael)
10 Village Waltz 6:19 (Tom Dempsey)
11 Receipt Please 4:55 (Ron Carter)
Produced by Tom Dempsey & Tim Ferguson
Recorded by Frank Fagnano at
Kaleidoscope Sound, Union City, NJ
Recorded on August 16, 2015
Mixed & mastered by Frank Fagnano at
Frank D. Fagnano LLC, Fairview, NJ
Cover Art by Frank CaraCciolo
Photography by Dennis Connors
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
There's a couple of interesting things going on here all at once. First up, this set is a tribute to Jim Hall and his influence on modern jazz. Second up, it sounds like a smooth jazz date in an acoustic setting where it hasn't been declawed of it's swing and drive. Is it a winner? Only throughout. A nice little text book on how it's done righ ...