Bridge Quartet

Night

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Jerome Wilson, Cadence

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Night has a talented quartet pinning their ears back and playing their butts off on a variety of familiar pieces. the opening "Wouldn't it be Loverly" quickly establishes that Phil Dwyer is one of those saxophonists who likes to go on stream-of-consciousness rants in his solos. He generally does this in more laidback fashion than Sonny Rollins or Dexter Gordon, even on an uptempo "Green Dolphin Street." But on Rollins' "Strode Rode" he really bears down, playing so fast you can almost see smoke coming out of the speakers. the other three musicians in the band spend a lot of time just keeping some semblance of the melody going but the also get their moments to shine. Pianist Darrell Grant rakes a nice Monkish stroll through "Isfahan" and rolls along smartly on a funked up "Bemsha Swing." Tom Wakeling and Alan Jones, meanwhile, always keep the rhythm solid and driving, Jones, in particular, goading Dwyer on in his flights. Nothing really new here, just solid, fire-breathing jazz.






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