I bought two new New York Hardbop Quintet CDs, ‘A Mere Bag of Shells’ and ‘A Whisper Away’. They were hand delivered, which was nice.
Both are great. Lovely music. I have now played them about ten times and they are st holding up. There are some very very nice solos; as an ex-trumpet player I loved Joe Magnarelli’s tone. Weldon’s sax brings to mind Joe Lavano. There some beautiful runs by Saunders.
I bought about ten CDs for my birthday and these two CDs are standing out.
Bim Strasberg, bass
Joe Magnarelli, trumpet
Keith Saunders, piano
Jerry Weldon, tenor sax
Clifford Barbaro, drums