Magazine article IAJRC Journal

What A Time It Was!

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

What A Time It Was!

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Rick Hollander Quintet

What A Time It Was!

Nagel-Heyer CD 2083

Jason Selzer (ts, recorder), Walter Lang (keyboard), Filip Wisniewski (g), Martin Zenker (b), Rick Hollander (d, voc)

Wide-Eyed And So Noble/Dancing Bear Introduction/Dancing Bear/Secrets From Home/Secrets From Home (instrumental)/P.S. The Ice Is Slowly Melting/What A Time It Was!/You Lied To Me/Lost April/Lost April (instrumental)/Coming To Terms TT:

This recording is a difficult one to categorize. While there are numerous moments of extremely fine jazz to be heard here, the overall impression is of an uncomfortable blend of purpose. The driving force behind most of the music is the poetry of the leader - presumably autobiographical and perhaps illustrative of his life's progression, this work seems to be a development of the 1950s style of Beat Poetry when it was wedded to jazz through the work of Jack Kerouac.

The quintet is a well-balanced unit that has its roots in the music of [John] Coltrane and Wayne Shorter. Tenor player Selzer makes numerous poised statements with the most impressive being on Wide-Eyed and So Noble and the instrumental version of Lost April. His playing is not flashy, but conveys its message in relatively brief contributions. …

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