Half Notes: Kevin Crabb – Waltz for Dylan (2011)

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There are couple of ways that Kevin Crabb’s all-original Waltz for Dylan could have gone wrong. Rangy saxophonist Kelly Jefferson and, in particular, pianist John Beasley (Miles Davis) might have completely overtaken this project, dedicated to the drummer’s son. Or, they might have become lost in the distracting bashing of a rhythm guy who mixed his own parts too far up front. Crabb and Co. instead avoid both missteps, playing with a sympathetic cohesion that often sounds like a group of old friends happily improvising. Waltz, with standout tracks like the romantically impressionistic “Flight” and the spicy Latin-inspired “Nightscape,” was also recorded not over a period of time, and endless overdubs, but on one single day: June 21, 2010. That also serves to imbue the proceedings with this sizzling immediacy. A terrific find.

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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