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June 1998

Eric Allison
After Hours
Contemporary Record Society (CRS)

The title sets the mood and Eric Allison's music lives up to the Erskine Hawkins '40s hit. The 45-year-old Florida reedsman penned nine originals of the same ilk, playing tenor, alto, flute and clarinet with a swinging style influenced by Bud Freeman, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker.

Allison's alto is searing and Dr. Lonnie Smith's B-3 organ soulful on "'Round About Dawn." The leader takes to tenor for a gospel-infused "Sittin' In," turning to flute against Turk Mauro's baritone on "Tip-Toein'." Then he pulls out the clarinet for the N'Awlins-style "Delta." The septet also features John Bailey on trumpet, Jesse Jones, Jr. on alto, Turk Mauro on baritone, Dennis Marks on bass and Danny Burger on drums.

Originally published in June 1998
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