Half Notes: Bill Carrothers – Joy Spring (2010)

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Pianist Carrothers revisits the music of trumpeter Clifford Brown. With bassist Drew Gress and the great Bill Stewart at the kit, they interpret Brown (and Brown-related) classics like “Daahoud,” “Gerkin For Perkin,” and of course, that iconic title track. “Joy Spring” is definitely the not-so-secret ingredient of this recording, and it’s such a fine interpretation. Carrothers stretches out the composition, presenting most of it on solo piano. You can hear him humming along, Keith Jarrett-style (though in tune), as the melody progresses. The bass and drums come in to anchor the final chords in a moment that seems filled with emotion. Great stuff.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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