Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Unconventional Wisdom

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Unconventional Wisdom

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Randy Sandke

Unconventional Wisdom

Arbors ARCD 19365

Randy Sandke (tp,flh); Howard Alden (g); Nicki Parrott (b, vcl); John Riley(d). New York, January 17 & 18, 2008.

Just One of Those Things/ Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye/ Meta Blue/ New Orleans/ The Best Thing for You/ Nicki's Journey/ Django's Dream/ Little Bix/ Chega de Saudade/ December Down/ For All We Know/ We're in Love/ Funkallero/ Toyland. TT:65:42.

Unconventional Wisdom, a play on John Kenneth Galbraith's term for commonly held error, alludes to this album's mixture of conventional and innovative harmonies, which fully demonstrates the range of the protean Randy Sandke's artistry. He is accompanied by the equally versatile Howard Alden, Nicki Parrott, and John Riley.

The disc begins with a blazing bop approach to Cole Porter's Just One of Those Things in which Sandke out-Gillespies Dizzy and Howard Alden delivers one the fastest and musically coherent guitar solos on record. Going to the other end of a metronome, it's followed by the lovely Porter ballad, Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye, which features one of the three Nicki Parrott vocals in the program. …

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