Rick Germanson: Rick Germanson (piano); Gerald Cannon (bass instrument); Louis Hayes (drums).
Audio Mixer: Gary Mielke.
Pianist Rick Germanson has worked with a number of veteran bandleaders since moving to New York City in 1998, including long stints with Pat Martino and also Louis Hayes' Cannonball Legacy Band. This is his third CD as a leader, though the first to be issued in the U.S., well accompanied by Hayes and bassist Gerald Cannon. The pianist's "Quagmire" is a breezy hard bop opener that one can easily imagine with horns added, with Hayes adding a light touch on brushes. The lyrical influence of Kenny Barron is apparent in his subdued, lush setting of Freddie Hubbard's timeless waltz "Up Jumped Spring," while Germanson's buoyant treatment of Burt Bacharach's "Wives and Lovers" (a favorite of Ella Fitzgerald) gives it a new life. Also not to be missed is Germanson's explosive miniature hard bop vehicle "Brick," which Hayes builds to a boil with his opening solo. Recommended. ~ Ken Dryden
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