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Harold Danko: The Feeling of Jazz

This album repeats the tunes (and their order) on the 1962 Impulse album Duke Ellington & John Coltrane. The pianist and company (Rich Perry, tenor saxophone; Scott Colley, bass; Jeff Hirshfield, drums) stretch out longer than the original participants and, to their credit, avoid musical plagiarism. The musicians show considerable independent thought.

On the opening “In A Sentimental Mood”, Danko leads off with a flowery, ECM-ish solo; his avoidance of the obvious sets the tone for the rest of the album. On “Take The Coltrane” he begins with low- and middle-register lines and builds scale-wise and chord-wise toward a climax.

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