Andrew Scott Quartet
This One's For Barney
with special guests Harry Allen & Jake Wilkinson
This CD introduces guitarist Andrew Scott to the wider jazz world. He is a dedicated musician, educator and historian who has drawn upon a wide range of jazz ideas in the structural textures of the music heard here.
Grant Green, Barney Kessel and Sonny Greenwich have all helped the tonality of Andrew's guitar sound while his command of the jazz language is readily apparent. He borrows from Dexter Gordon in This Could Be the Start of Something Big and Charlie Christian's original blues riffs are incorporated into Blues for Sonny.
Tenor saxophonist Harry Allen is featured on seven of the nine selections. He is a consummate jazz stylist whose mature concept is a subtle blend of his heroes (including Don Byas, Stan Getz and Ben Webster). Harry's voice is instantly recognizable as his own. He is rhythmically elastic in I Concentrate on You, luxuriously breathy in Nancy with the Laughing Face and full of fire in Barney's Rag. (that tune is Barney Kessel's reworking of Tiger Rag - a structure used frequently by Duke Ellington in the 1920s).
This CD also showcases the authoritative piano work of Bernie Senensky. The strength of his solos and the flexibility of his ensemble sense have made him a favorite choice of such diverse jazz icons as George Coleman, Buddy DeFranco, Zoot Sims and Phil Woods.
Jake Wilkinson's trumpet is heard to advantage in I Concentrate on You. Also heard throughout are bassist Louis Simao and drummer Joel Haynes