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Andy Ballantyne / Play On Words
Album:Play On Words Collection:Jazz
Artist:Andy Ballantyne Added:11/2019
Label:Gb Records 

Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2019-11-04 
Review: Reviewed: 2019-11-04
Genre: Jazz
FCCs: none
Review: For his new album, Toronto saxophonist Andy Ballantyne set up a challenge for himself: to pay tribute to many of the great jazz saxophonists of the past by inhabiting their musical worlds, both as a composer and as a performer. The saxophonist’s unique musical voice is always in evidence on this collection of original compositions.+ one cover (#9).
If You Like: Eddie Harris, Stanley Turrentine, Chris Potter
Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
**1/ Gordian Knot (4:48) – drums start> uptempo jam> sax solo> piano solo> uptempo jam> fade
*2/ Ishtar Fan (6:27) – sax solo starts> slow tempo jam> sax solo> piano solo> slow jam> fade
***3/ Round Shot (4:13) – piano starts> uptempo jam> swinging sax solo> guitar/piano duet> drum solo> uptempo jam> quick stop
4/ All Stops To Oshawa (3:40) – guitar starts> uptempo jam with clarinet> clarinet solo> guitar solo> sax solo> uptempo jam> quick stop
5/ In Vino Veritas (5:32) – drums start> midtempo jam> guitar solo> sax solo> piano solo> midtempo jam> crescendo end
*6/ Mr. P.L. (6:22) – bass solo starts> midtempo jam> sax solo swells in volume> piano solo> midtempo jam> crescendo end
*7/ Not With A Wimp But A Banker (7:50) – guitar starts> slow tempo languid jam> sax solo> guitar solo> bass solo> slow jam> fade
**8/ Unfit To Be Prez (4:52) – drums/sax start> swinging uptempo jam with Dixieland vibe> piano solo> sax solo> uptempo jam> crescendo end
*9/ Till The Clouds Roll By (5:37) – bass starts> midtempo jam> guitar solo> bass solo> midtempo jam> fade
*10/ Keep It Stupid (6:00) – drums start> strutting midtempo jam> piano solo> sax solo> bass solo> midtempo jam> crescendo end

Track Listing
1.Gordiann Knot 6.Mr. P.L.
2.Ishtar Fan 7.Not With A Wimp But With A Banker
3.Round Shot 8.Unfit To Be Prez
4.All Stops To Oshawa 9.Till The Clouds Roll By
5.In Vino Veritas 10.Keep It Stupid