Don Block Swing To Bop Project
Dan Block has quietly been building a reputation in New York over the last couple of decades as a reliable sideman. He plays clarinet and tenor saxophone with equal proficiency and has been heard on recordings with Charles Mingus (at the beginning of his career), Marty Grosz and, now, with his own productions.
The Swing to Bop Project enjoyed a five year gestation period while Dan and guitarist Chris Flory investigated the rich musical transition between Swing and Bop in New York in the early 1940s. The outcome is this recording.
It features the sparkling trumpet of Jon-Erik Kellso alongside Dan's forceful tenor saxophone and a positive rhythm team of pianist Lee Hudson, guitarist Chris Flory or Jon Hart (on two tunes) plus the drums of Chuck Riggs.
The compositions of Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins, Sir Charles Thompson, Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Fuller, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Illinois Jacquet and Thelonious Monk are heard in a different light (emphasising their lyrical lines) in these performances .It is, indeed, Almost Modern Music.
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