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- Released: February 1, 1997
- Label: Concord Records
- 1.I Concentrate on You
- 2.U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)
- 3.House Party Starting
- 4.Warm Valley
- 5.The Gig
- 6.My Funny Valentine
- 7.Sweet and Lovely
- 8.You're My Thrill
- 9.How Deep Is the Ocean?
- 10.After All
Personnel: Howard Alden (acoustic & electric guitars); Lew Tabackin (tenor saxophone, flute); Renee Rosnes (piano); Michael Moore (bass); Bill Goodwin (drums).
Personnel: Howard Alden (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Lew Tabackin (flute, tenor saxophone); Renee Rosnes (piano); Bill Goodwin (drums).
Audio Mixer: Phil Edwards .
Liner Note Author: Herb Wong.
Recording information: Sound On Sound Recording, Inc., New York, NY (03/16/1996-03/18/1996).
Photographer: Teri Bloom.
Although best-known for his work in mainstream swing settings, guitarist Howard Alden has long been interested in later periods of jazz. On this superior outing, he doubles on seven-string acoustic and electric guitars (which allow him to add basslines). Lew Tabackin is on four of the ten numbers (three on tenor, one on flute) and pianist Renee Rosnes appears on six songs (including a duet with Alden on "Warm Valley"), while bassist Michael Moore and drummer Bill Goodwin are on seven. Alden takes "My Funny Valentine" and "After All" as unaccompanied solos but it is his meetings with Tabackin, particularly on exciting versions of two complex Herbie Nichols songs ("House Party Starting" and "The Gig") that are most notable. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow
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