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Label: Ark Ovrutski Music
Second Line; Simone; Flower; Lester Left Town; For Toddlers Only; New Orleans; Dolphin Dance; Sounds Of Brasil; Uptown.
Ark Ovrutski: bass; Myron Walden: saxophone; Benito Gonzalez: piano; McClenty Hunter: bass.
1....SECOND LINE... it's really fun to hear a saxophonist acknowledge the great eddie harris..after you hear this cd,go back to this song and fall in love this MW alto solo,cause the bass solo and piano are soooo happenin' ! 2....SIMONE.... here is a wonderful and seldom heard song by the late tenor man frank foster,being played with the pep and energy the he'd love. check out the part with ONLY alto and drums...leading to a very interesting bass solo by AO.7 3....FLOWER... if the listener is curious enough to ask "are drums THAT important", wellllll...just give this track, with MH behind the drum set your undivided attention....yesssss. 4....LESTER LEFT TOWN.... here is another song composed by a tenor sax man wayne shorter. this song, at a business man's bounce tempo, is a great intro to the playing of pianist BG smooth, leading to a mellow sax and bass conversation. 5….FOR TODDLERS ONLY... welcome to the world of an oscar pettiford-ism melody, played with a lot of humor and wit…note the jokes exchanged between MW and AO...musical humor at its best...a thoroughly enjoyable joy ride.. 6....NEW ORLEANS... let's re-title this song to...new orleans meets the 1970's new york it is a real good blend of the new orleans beat as played by the meters along with the concepts of harmony and rhythm of the new york 70's.here is a chance to pat your feet to the beat and figure out the harmony and rhythm at the same time. 7....DOLPHIN DANCE... i am sure the herbie hancock, the composer of this song will appreciate the complexity of this arrangement...6/8 to 4/4 and a variety of shifting rhythms in between...a real picture of a/this group playing this song. 8....SOUNDS OF BRAZIL.... this song really captures the spirit of brazilian music...the harmony, the pulse...the drive of the beat...the wonderful solos...it's all there except the sun and sand !! 9....UPTOWN.... this song written by AO, as are 4 other compositions on this very fine disc is the type of song that says " okay...last chance..when this song is over, we will have nothing left"....firey alto sax solo, multi-harmonic piano...interesting rhythm-patterned bass sol,. and all-out going-for it drums....all that's left is applause from us !! RON CARTER, Multi Grammy winner American jazz double-bassist, Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame, Most- recorded bassists in jazz history.