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July/August 2005

Dana Landry
Journey Home
Summit

In jazz, those who can, do, while those who teach often do as well. Dana Landry, the director of jazz studies at the University of Northern Colorado, ropes in another pedagogue/player, vibraphonist Gary Burton, as special guest on Landry's debut album, Journey Home. Burton, who seems incapable of ever emitting an infelicitous note, adds considerable sparkle to a low-keyed project that, to its credit, progressively increases in interest.

Sharing space with Burton, as well as saxophonist Don Aliquo, doesn't afford Landry enough spotlight time though; he comes off as a sideman on his own project. The album's one-two closing punch, an elegant trio take on "The Touch of Your Lips" and an affecting interpretation of Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More" are the most telling examples of the professor's pianistic gifts, too often muffled on this recording.

Originally published in July/August 2005
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