Bob Albanese: Midnight Sun
Bob Albanese Trio with Ira Sullivan
One Way/Detour (Zoho ZM200905)
Composed by Lionel Hampton and Sonny Burke.
Recorded: Jupiter, Florida, January 27 or 28, 2008
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
Pianist Bob Albanese duets with saxophonist Ira Sullivan (here playing soprano) on a beautiful version of the Lionel Hampton and Sonny Burke ballad "Midnight Sun." Albanese's day gig is as the accompanist for singer/dance Ben Vereen. He must be a good one, if his sensitive and invariably tasteful backing of Sullivan is any indication. Of course, he's not merely an accompanist here, but an equal partner. He and Sullivan connect remarkably well. Sullivan is one of those great jazz musicians who've flown largely under the radar. Living in Florida hasnít helped raise his profile, but it hasnít hurt his playing. He's still the fiery, inventive, and uncompromising bebopper he was when teaming for a series of fine albums with trumpeter Red Rodney in the '80s. This isn't astoundingly original, but it's well-crafted and quite moving in its way.
Reviewer: Chris Kelsey
Tags: 2000s jazz