BEBOP SPOKEN HERE
by Lance Liddle
Album review: David Larsen – G2 and You
I’ve got so many CDs waiting for a review that I have reached the stage where it’s just pot luck whether or not I listen to them, pass them on, or just add them to the other 400 headed for the skip. With this one I hit lucky – its survival is secured.
In actual fact, this isn’t exactly a CD (well it is because I’ve got it right here in front of me) but, in reality, it’s two EPs who have mated and this is the offspring! You’re confused? I’m confused! However, the gist of the matter is that the first four tracks were let loose as G2 and You whilst the last four originally saw the light of day as Bright Days.
After listening to the recently discovered album by Pepper Adams – Live at the Room at the Top – I felt I never wanted to hear another baritone sax player in my life – no one could surpass that tour de force. However, whilst Larsen doesn’t blow the pads off the keys like Adams almost does he does have a delicate lyricism about his playing that draws, not unfavourable, comparisions with such past masters as Gerry Mulligan and Serge Chaloff. Indeed Larsen’s previous album – The Mulligan Chronicles – demonstrated to the full where his heart lies. Having said that, particularly on his own compositions, this enjoyable disc suggests that his own personality is rapidly emerging.
Four standards, four originals and a rhythm section to die for result in an album that, for my money, will be in with a shout come NYE.
Check it out. Lance
Angel Eyes; Another Porter Please; In Your Own Sweet Way; Latin Silver; Autumn Leaves; Bright Days; Come Rain or Come Shine; Through and Through.