Dan Cray: Hammer Head


Hammer Head


Dan Cray (piano)


Over Here Over Heard (Crawdad)

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Dan Cray (piano),

Clark Sommers (bass), Greg Wyser-Pratte (drums)


Composed by Wayne Shorter


Recorded: live in Chicago, IL, November 2007


Rating: 83/100 (learn more)

Over Here Over Heard was recorded live in Chicago. The least straight-ahead piece on the album, Wayne Shorter's "Hammer Head," is given an interesting treatment by this talented trio. Pianist Cray reserves some of his loudest block chords for this performance. The closest Cray comes to really "showing off" his single-note chops on the entire album occurs during his solo turn. Sommers and Wyser-Pratte are a strong rhythm section and generate enough power and momentum to carry the composition's slightly off-kilter mood. On this and other more traditional songs on the album, the Dan Cray Trio proves they are more than capable of interpretations worth a listen.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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