JazzTimes - 5/00, pp.177-8
"...Full of rich textures, unexpected rhythmic displacements, written lines that sound improvised, pungent 20th century classical harmonies, exuberance, wryness, subtlety and nothing that sounds like Dixieland..."
Full performer name: Dick Cary's Tuesday Night Friends.
Full title: Dick Cary's Tuesday Night Friends.
Dick Cary's Tuesday Night Friends: Dick Hamilton (leader, alto horn, trumpet, piano); Tommy Newsom (soprano, tenor & baritone saxophones, clarinet); John Bambridge (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Terry Harrington (tenor saxophone); Fred Cooper (baritone saxophone); Abe Most (clarinet); Jack Trott (trumpet); Betty O'Hara (trombone, baritone, double bell euphonium); Ernie Tack (bass trombone); Randy Aldcroft (baritone); Dave Koonse (guitar); Herb Mickman (bass); Jerry White (drums).
Recorded in Los Angeles, California on February 4-6, 1997.
Personnel: Dave Koonse (guitar); Tommy Newsom (clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); John Bambridge (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Abe Most (clarinet); Terry Harrington (tenor saxophone); Fred Cooper (baritone saxophone); Dick Hamilton (trumpet, alto horn, piano); Jack Trott (trumpet); Betty O'Hara (trombone, baritone horn); Ernie Tack (bass trombone); Randall Aldcroft (baritone horn); Jerry White (drums).
Audio Mixer: Dick Hamilton.
Liner Note Author: Jim Turner .
Recording information: Doing, L.A., CA (02/04/1997-02/06/1997).
Dick Cary, best known as a utility pianist, trumpeter, and alto horn player with trad bands in the 1950s, was also an inventive arranger/composer. For years on Tuesday nights he had a rehearsal band that played his many charts, which literally numbered in the thousands. It was not until after his death in 1994 that his ensemble finally began to record. This release for the Klavier label finds the band led by Dick Hamilton (who, like Cary, triples on trumpet, alto horn, and piano) and including such notables as trumpeter Jack Trott; Betty O'Hara on trombone, baritone horn, and double bell euphonium; clarinetist Abe Most; and Tommy Newsome on reeds. The music mixes together aspects of trad and 1950s West Coast jazz with Cary's own musical personality, and the swinging results sound both traditional and quite modern. Thirteen of the 16 numbers are Cary's (two of the other pieces are unusual reworkings of "Black and Blue" and "Shimmy Sha Wobble"). The intriguing set is well worth exploring. ~ Scott Yanow