Gregory Tardy is a Young Lion of the late '90s, a superior and advanced hard bop player with superior technique, flexibility and a gradually developing sound of his own. Best-known for being a member of the Tom Harrell Quintet (Harrell guests on one selection and fellow trumpeter Russell Gunn is on two), Tardy has the potential to become an original in the future. Although he contributed six of the nine selections to this CD (most being moderately complex pieces that serve as vehicles for his passionate solos), and as is often the case, the strongest melodies are the standards. In this case "Prisoner of Love" (taken as a duet with Mulgrew Miller, who shares the piano duties with Aaron Goldberg) and Thelonious Monk's "Ask Me Now" are two of the main highlights. This is not an essential disc but a strong step forward for the young tenor saxophonist.
Three Blind Mice Blu-spec CD reissue series! Limited paper sleeve edition! Kunihiko Sugano is a unique jazz pianist who is known for his huge talent, a pianistic approach reminiscent of Erroll Garner, and a sensitive nature that made it difficult for him to play in front of a large audience. Considering the latter issue, the live performances contained in this CD, recorded at a big hall in Tokyo for a jazz festival produced by the Three Blind Mice label, was a huge success. It is mesmerizing to hear Sugano's probing and exploratory introductions, relentless swing once he gets going, and palpable joy of making music on the spot. The trio, augmented with conga player Yoichi Ogawa, does a great job as well.
This is an excellent recording of Vivaldi's Flute Concertos ! The tempo is respected, the sound is clear and the concertos are beautifully played. It's so nice to relax with the sound of the flute ! My favourite piece is La Notte - Allegro ; such a great piece of music in the unique style of Vivaldi ! I recommend this CD to anyone who likes baroque music.