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Herb Pomerov and Billy Novick: This is Always

Two magnificent examples of chamber jazz: sweet melodies, conversational volume, mellow mood. Novick, mainstay of Boston’s traditional New Black Eagle Jazz Band, teams with Pomeroy, a legendary teacher during four decades at Berklee. A variety of textures and settings: Novick on clarinet and Hodges-influenced alto, Pomeroy on trumpet and fluegelhorn, in a quartet with guitarist John Wheatley and bassist Marshall Wood and quintet with pianist Paul Schmeling and drummer Joe Hunt. Pomeroy is eloquent, but his muted trumpet sometimes veers into Eckstine vibrato-land. Tunes include Barney Bigard’s haunting “A Lull At Dawn;” “This Is Always,” recorded by Bird with Erroll Garner and vocalist Earl Coleman; and Gary McFarland’s “Why Are You Blue?;” strong players, lovely harmony lines, subtle solos.

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