Alan Broadbent / Gary Foster: Relaxin' at Camarillo


Relaxin' at Camarillo


Alan Broadbent (piano) and Gary Foster (alto sax)


Concord Duo Series, Volume Four (Concord Jazz CCD-4562)

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Alan Broadbent (piano), Gary Foster (alto sax).

Composed by Charlie Parker


Recorded: live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Berkeley, CA, March 14, 1993


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Both Broadbent and Foster have Lennie Tristano connections, Alan having studied with Tristano and worked with Warne Marsh, and Gary having played with both Lee Konitz and Marsh. After performing frequently as a duo, they finally had the chance to record as such at the acoustically ideal Maybeck Recital Hall. The concert concluded with this rousing romp through Parker's convoluted 1947 tune which acknowledged his stay at Camarillo State Hospital. Broadbent and Foster play the theme in brisk unison after Bird's original intro, and then the altoist breezes through the changes engagingly at a subtle simmer, provoked by the pianist's inspired comping. Broadbent's own solo is replete with intricate phrasings and spiraling runs. Next follows a stirring dual improvisation as they chase each other's lines. Theme, original tag, and out to enthusiastic applause. Although residing somewhere between cool school and hot bebop, this exciting track definitely prompts a reaction that is far from lukewarm.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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