Williams glides jubilantly over the rhythm team's relaxed yet driving cadence. Her bluesy, singing lines bubble over with engaging creativity, supplemented by her indomitable, often spiky left-hand voicings. Monkish dissonance and Garland-like block chords filter through the unrelenting Kelly-inspired propulsion. When Williams suddenly turns pianissimo, wittily quoting from "I Get a Kick Out of You," this allows Vinnegar to move up-front and go on one of his inimitable "walking tours," graced by the pianist's simpatico comping. Williams then hooks up with Brown for exchanges that emphatically confirm the drummer's substantial skills, capped by a solo exhibiting a melodicism that compares favorably with the similar approach of Max Roach. Williams returns with a spacy free-fall concluding fantasia that never loses its inventive way.
April 15, 2009 · 0 commentsTags: if i were a bell
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