Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Meridies

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Meridies

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Dan Cray Quartet

Meridies

Origin 82609

Noah Preminger (ts) Dan Cray (p) Clark Sommers (b) Mark Ferber (d)

Smile/Worst Enemy/Amor Fati/Serenity/East 69/Winter Rose (1728)/At Least/March of the Archetypes. TT 49:00

Dan Cray mentions in his brief notes that this disc is a culmination of sorts for him in his relocation from Chicago to New York. Some interesting literary references make me want to know the back story on some of these tunes, but oh well . . .

This is a nice balance of little-done standards (fine oxymoron) and originals. Chaplin's "Smile" is well arranged and played by just the rhythm trio (as is Cray's "East 69") in a good piano trio. Joe Henderson's "Serenity" is given the full Hard Bop treatment with the addition of Preminger, whose tenor playing is the highlight of the album for me. …

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