Charlie Caranicas

Green Chimneys

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This CD is a measure of the huge amount of talented jazz musicians who are around, for the co-leaders, trumpeter Charlie Caranicas and saxophonist Bob Parsons (heard on soprano, alto, tenor, and clarinet), are obscure despite their talents. This quintet album from the tiny Mural label teams the two horns with pianist Frank Kimbrough, bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa, and drummer Tim Horner on four jazz standards, Bob Belden's "Silverbrite," and seven originals. The music is primarily straight-ahead modern hard bop that is open to modal jazz and the avant-garde while generally swinging. Caranicas and Parsons make for a fine team and they show on Thelonious Monk's "Green Chimneys" and "All the Things You Are" that they are capable of making famous standards their own. So why are they not better known?

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