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Heavy Juice

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Heavy Juice
Did You Call Her Today
Groovin' High
If I Should Lose You
Blues Up And Down
If Dreams Come True
Warm Valley
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Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 56:44

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Scott Hamilton (tenor saxophone); Dennis Irwin (double bass); Harry Allen (tenor saxophone); John Bunch (piano); Chuck Riggs (drums). NY (02/11/2004/02/12/2004)

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A delight


Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen are two talented tenor players with beautiful tones and fluid technique. Their collaboration here is as a delight to listen to as it must have been fun for them to perform. Their solos play off each other well: the veteran Hamilton leading the way, Allen following up with thoughtful ideas.

They Say All Music Guide

As talented tenors in the Ben Webster mold, both Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen can easily obtain exciting results fronting their own quartets. Putting exciting musicians together, however, is a guaranteed method of keeping the creative juices flowing and kicking the excitement lever up another notch. Hamilton and Allen do just that on Heavy Juice, an album overflowing with the kind of sax work that would make Zoot Sims and Stan Getz proud. The title track is a breezy, up-tempo number that begins with a snazzy base rhythm laid down by drummer Chuck Riggs, pianist John Bunch, and bassist Dennis Irwin. Allen and Hamilton take turns soloing before entering into an enticing exchange of lead lines that offers just a taste of things to come. While Heavy Juice is an obvious show for the two tenors to cut loose, the band runs a tight ship and never allows melodies to outstay their welcome. Most of the pieces — Dizzy Gillespie’s “Groovin’ High” and Duke Ellington’s “Warm Valley” — run six and seven minutes. Hamilton and Allen also leave room for some fine solo work from Bunch. Heavy Juice closes with a nice, long rendition of Gillespie’s “Ow!,” bringing a well-executed album to a satisfying end. For anyone who has ever missed Webster and Sims, Heavy Juice will conjure up warm memories. – Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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