Down Beat - 9/01, pp.62-33 stars out of 5
- "...A bop-oriented affair...opening strongly and boppishly..."
JazzTimes - 5/02, p.155
"...Urbane hard bop taken at a leisurely pace..."
Personnel: Roni Ben-Hur (guitar); Charles Davis (tenor saxophone); Barry Harris (piano); Walter Booker (bass); Leroy Williams (drums).
Personnel: Roni Ben-Hur (guitar); Charles Davis (tenor saxophone); Barry Harris Trio , Bruce Barris (piano); Leroy Williams (drums).
Audio Mixers: Dave Kowalski; Jim Anderson .
Liner Note Author: Pete Malinverni.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (11/29/2000).
On this respectable bop set, Israeli guitarist Roni Ben-Hur is heard in the company of luminaries: pianist Barry Harris, tenorist Charles Davis, bassist Walter Booker, and drummer Leroy Williams. The group starts off with Elmo Hope's "So Nice." (Ben-Hur has studied Hope's music as a member of Bertha Hope's Elmollennium ensemble.) They also offer readings of Charlie Parker's polyphonic blues head "Visa," Billy Strayhorn's "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing," and the movie theme "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing." Ben-Hur's title track and two Barry Harris originals round out the program. Good playing all around, but a bit too sedate to leave a lasting impression. ~ David R. Adler