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Frank Catalano: Live at the Green Mill

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Live at the Green Mill features over an hour of high-energy blowing, spread out over just five tunes. It means these guys have a lot to say on each song and fortunately producer Bob Koester let them stretch out. Wise decision, considering the quintet was up for the live occasion, plus the fact that the front line of tenorist Frank Catalano and trumpeter Randy Brecker had a great deal to talk about-especially to each other. Some of the finest moments can be heard as they trade choruses on “Softly As in a Morning Sunrise,” “Killer Joe,” “Impressions” and even that well-worn set closer “The Theme.”

The conversation is even more fascinating when you realize Catalano is in his very early 20s; Brecker just passed his mid-50s. What you’re overhearing is tantamount to a discussion between father and son on the state of hard bop. Keeping those conversations going is a powerhouse rhythm section: pianist Larry Novak, bassist Eric Hochberg and drummer Paul Wertico.

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