Chris Ingham plays piano and has the vocalizing duties. His voice combines the breathy qualitites of a Chet Baker with the cool hip of a Dave Frishberg or Bob Dorough. American born but now British resident Kevin Flanagan plays the various saxophones in the manner of a pre-sheets of sound John Coltrane. Although it's not listed as one of his instruments, he plays clarinet on the Beatles like composition "Maxine". This session has a 1950's or 1960's ambience about it. The lessons of Bop have been well learned and the playing is appropriately cool, while avoiding being rambunctious or grating. Most of the tunes are by either Flanagan and/or Ingham. The one non original is Duke Ellington's "Warm Valley" where Flanagan honors Johnny Hodges masterful solo, except on tenor rather than alto, but with that inimitable feeling of the blues that characterized Hodges' enduring solo. To further that 50's-60's aura, works of those ageless hipsters Frishberg and Dorough are present and given their due. Ingham's vocal of Dorough's "Devil May Care" will make the master proud.
The group delivers the permutations of bop and early post bop jazz in a refreshing and engaging way. This is an excellent outing and is recommended. Kevin and Chris can be visited at their joint Internet site at www:flanaganingham. f9.co.uk.
Track Listing: Devil May Care; You Would Rather Have the Blues; Disappointed; Maxine; New Man Blues; Textile Lunch: Moody Street, One Fast Move, That Was the Year, St. Theresa; Lew's Gone; Warm Valley; Calypso's Seaward Prospect
Personnel: Kevin Flanagan - Saxophones/Clarinet; Chris Ingham - Piano/Vocals; Andrew James Brown - Bass; Russ Morgan - Drums
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