Clipper Anderson

The Road Home

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MUSIC REVIEW BY George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon

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In the case of Seattle bassist Anderson, the "road home" is the ever changing scenery between Seattle and his boyhood home of Polson, Montana, population 4,500. Anderson pays tribute to that exquisite part of the country by performing a variety of original music and a few selections from other sources. His trio includes former Portland pianist Darin Clendenin, a buoyant and highenergy player of great skill, and his versatile long time drummer, Mark Ivester. A few standout tunes include "Over And Over Again," a lyrical and sensible melody line which is Anderson's homage to Paul Desmond. "Say Yes Again" is the bassist's ballad entry, and "Poinciana," a tune "owned" by Ahmad Jamal, is rendered much in its original style. Finally, there are two selections, both rarely heard, from the Bill Evans book. "Twelve Tone Tune Two" and "Only Child" are exquisite examples of Bill's immense creativity, and, on the latter tune, Anderson includes a poignant vocal. He has been a respected presence in Seattle's jazz community for a long time. This overdue CD showcases his splendid trio in a variety of settings, all worthwhile and all worth hearing.






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