Mr Wizard


aec.hnr757121.2 4/27/04 New
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    Mr Wizard Highnote Records, Inc. / High Note

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Review Text Vincent Herring is complemented by rising young trumpeter Jeremy Pelt on this enjoyable studio date. "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" is a standard from the swing era, though the quintet translates it into a hard bop vehicle very well, with the leader throwing in a quick reference to another song ("Kerry Dance") from long ago. Herring is a bit playful in his treatment of the ballad "You Leave Me Breathless," while he handles McCoy Tyner's explosive "Four by Five" with finesse. But most of the session is devoted to originals by the band. Bassist Richie Goods contributed the funky, infectious "Citizen of Zamunda," which showcases the leader on his dancing soprano sax. Pianist Danny Grissert, who evidently made his recording debut with this CD, not only proves himself as a capable soloist, but also penned the exciting "Hopscotch" (marked by its use of stop time) and the tense "Encounters." Pelt wrote the relaxed yet intricate "Cassius" and the bittersweet waltz "The Walk Home." Herring wraps this successful outing by cooking on all burners with the band in his brisk modal work "Mr. Wizard." Hard bop fans will want to snap up this delightful CD without hesitation. ~ Ken Dryden

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CD: 1

  1. 1. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm - 4:28
  2. 2. Citizen of Zamunda - 5:43
  3. 3. Hopscotch - 4:05
  4. 4. You Leave Me Breathless - 5:04
  5. 5. Four by Five - 5:04
  6. 6. Encounters - 8:43
  7. 7. Cassius - 5:21
  8. 8. Walk Home - 7:19
  9. 9. Mr. Wizard - 6:40

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