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Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen – Heavy Juice (2004 FLAC)

Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen - Heavy Juice (2004 FLAC)

Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen – Heavy Juice (2004 FLAC)

Artist: Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen
Album: Heavy Juice
Release/Reissue: 2004
Genre: Jazz, Bop

01. Heavy Juice
02. Did You Call Her Today?
03. Groovin’ High
04. If I Should Lose You
05. Blues Up And Down
06. If Dreams Come True
07. Warm Valley
08. Ow!

As talented tenors in the Ben Webster mold, both Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen can easily obtain exciting results fronting their own quartets. Putting exciting musicians together, however, is a guaranteed method of keeping the creative juices flowing and kicking the excitement lever up another notch. Hamilton and Allen do just that on Heavy Juice, an album overflowing with the kind of sax work that would make Zoot Sims and Stan Getz proud. The title track is a breezy, up-tempo number that begins with a snazzy base rhythm laid down by drummer Chuck Riggs, pianist John Bunch, and bassist Dennis Irwin. Allen and Hamilton take turns soloing before entering into an enticing exchange of lead lines that offers just a taste of things to come. While Heavy Juice is an obvious show for the two tenors to cut loose, the band runs a tight ship and never allows melodies to outstay their welcome. Most of the pieces — Dizzy Gillespie’s “Groovin’ High” and Duke Ellington’s “Warm Valley” — run six and seven minutes. Hamilton and Allen also leave room for some fine solo work from Bunch. Heavy Juice closes with a nice, long rendition of Gillespie’s “Ow!,” bringing a well-executed album to a satisfying end. For anyone who has ever missed Webster and Sims, Heavy Juice will conjure up warm memories.

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