Palle Mikkelborg: Imagine

The mood of this album is mostly reflective and meditative, filled with beautiful sounds. John Lennon's song is no exception, performed here with a calmness and tranquility that is pure vitamin for the soul. Trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg, playing muted, is true to the song's mood throughout, demonstrating his great lyric sense. The tune is played twice with almost no variations, with Kenneth Knudsen and Niels-Henning ěrsted Pedersen in supporting roles, but the overall group feeling combined with Mikkelborg's beautiful and sensible interpretation makes this a classic performance. You never get tired of it.

February 12, 2009 · 0 comments


Freddie Hubbard: Cold Turkey

Beatles songs have always been favorites of jazz musicians to cover, but not many tunes from the Fab Four's individual solo albums have received the jazz treatment. Freddie Hubbard puts a nice twist on this John Lennon opus from the Plastic Ono Band. The introduction proves cryptic when compared to the funkiness of the song. Of particular interest on this track is Joe Henderson's solo, which grabs the beat and rides it for the duration of his solo. Herbie Hancock puts his wizardry into full execution as well with tasteful, subtle chords and different chromatic patterns. I would like to think that John Lennon dug this!

February 07, 2009 · 0 comments


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