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Walter Norris & George Mraz - Hues of Blues (1995)

26-07-2014, 05:08
Jazz | FLAC / APE

Walter Norris & George Mraz - Hues of Blues (1995)

Artist: Walter Norris & George Mraz
Title Of Album: Hues of Blues
Year Of Release: 1995
Label: Concord Jazz
Genre: Post-Bop
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Bitrate: Lossless
Total Time: 59:14
Total Size: 204 MB


01. Fontessa (Lewis) - 5:49
02. Serenata (Andersen-Parish) - 6:18
03. Hues of Blues (Norris) - 10:26
04. I Want to Be Happy (Youmans-Caesar) - 5:41
05. I Can't Get Started (Duke-Gershwin) - 6:21
06. Backbone Mode (Norris) - 4:02
07. Have You Met Miss Jones? (Rodgers-Hart) - 5:36
08. The Spider Web (Pege) - 4:49
09. Orchids in Green (Norris) - 5:20
10. Afterthoughts (Norris) - 4:52

Walter Norris - piano
George Mraz - bass

There is, indeed, buried treasure in the vaults of Concord Jazz. George Mraz has been around for a long time with his marvelous bass playing--as a sideman and even fronting groups. So his presence and playing came as no surprise to me.
But...Walter Norris. This guy is a gift. Pensive, witty, gentle, bluesy--Norris is all that on this recording of piano and bass. This is another of Concord's Duo series, and Norris and Mraz are amazingly sympatico, backing each other up, but, most often, complimenting each other's musings. The Evans' groups, of course, had that feeling of musicians who knew each others' next move before it was made. Mraz and Norris approach that intimacy here.
Listen to "Have You Met Miss Jones" or Norris' own delicately meandering "Hues of Blue" and you'll see what I mean. These guys feed off each other, nourish each other, clearly understand the sensibilities of each other. Neither seems to be following the other's lead--instead, each seems to be on the same path of discovery--unearthing surprising new ideas in this menu of mostly
standards. And then, at the end of this cd, just give yourself over to Norris' "Afterthoughts." As elegant as music can be.
Concord often cleans out its vaults, eliminating old cd's from its catalogue. This cd seems to be expereiencing that fate right now. Act quickly; this is jazz at its finest. A true meeting of the minds, and of the hearts.

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