When It's Hayes It Rua993

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Review Text This is undoubtedly one of the best straightahead jazz records of the 1990s. It is a crowning achievement for drum legend Roy Haynes, who emerged as a bandleader relatively late in his career. Together with tenor saxophonist Craig Handy, pianist David Kikoski, and bassist Ed Howard, Haynes explores time-honored standards as well as bop and post-bop classics. The truly outstanding tracks are Chick Corea's awe-inspiring "Steps," Thelonious Monk's catchy "Bye Ya," the Miles Davis bop vehicle "Sippin' at Bells," and a greasy, in-the-pocket reading of "I Thought About You." Bookending the album are two traditional tunes: "Brown Skin Girl," made famous by Harry Belafonte, and "Anniversary," a traditional melody associated with Al Jolson. Both tracks feature Kikoski on electric piano, an unexpected touch that makes for delicious icing on the cake. An unforgettable record. ~ David R. Adler

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Brown Skin Girl - 8:36
  2. 2. Steps - 7:16
  3. 3. Easy Living/Never Let Me Go - 7:35
  4. 4. Summer Nights - 7:48
  5. 5. Sippin' at Bells - 8:16
  6. 6. Bye-Ya - 5:27
  7. 7. I Thought About You - 5:29
  8. 8. Anniversary Song - 7:12

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