Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Al Meets Bjarne

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Al Meets Bjarne

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Al Grey (tbn) Bjarne Nerem (ts) Norman Simmons (pno) Paul West (bs) Gerryck King (dms) Rec Oslo, August 5, 1988

Things Ain't What They Used To Be/Sad Sam/Lester Leaps In/Blue and Sentimental/Tangerine/Al Meets Bjarne/Stompin' At The Savoy/I'm In The Mood For Love/Blue Juice/On Green Dolphin Street TT: 59:41

Al Grey, that extroverted and sophisticated trombonist, is joined by one of Norway's best sax players. The rhythm section is actually the one that was used by Joe Williams. How did all this come to pass in Norway? Very simply, the Oslo Jazz Festival. Bjorn Petersen, the owner and founder of the Gemini label, takes advantage of the visiting Americans to record them with some equally talented local players. The net result is one fine CD.

Al Grey is noted for his mute work and it shows up here in several tunes. What is not so well known about Al is his ballad playing where he is really very low key. This is demonstrated very well in "I'm In The Mood For Love". Many times, and this disc is no exception, the boys cut loose with a blues totally improvised and then have to give it a name. …

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