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March 2007

Liam Sillery with David Sills Quartet
On the Fly
OA2 Records

Liam Sillery and David Sills are birds of a feather. Both channel a hardbop vibe that pays tribute to an earlier time without sounding like a throwback, and each contributes four sunny tunes to this appealing disc. Working mostly in medium tempos and slow burns, Sillery’s plainspoken trumpet and Sills’ friendly tenor sax engage in happy banter, while organist Joe Bagg and guitarist Larry Koonse provide a soul-jazz twist that cements the ’60s foundation. Lee Morgan’s “Ceora” is tacked onto the program for good measure, but these guys sound more at ease when playing their own material.

Originally published in March 2007
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