Jimmy & Stacy Rowles

Looking Back

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This CD is filled with the type of music one would expect from pianist Jimmy Rowles and his daughter Stacy Rowles: tasteful and melodic renditions of standards. Stacy, who gives "Looking Back" an effective vocal, is a warm-toned and lyrical flugelhornist and is featured in a quartet with her father, bassist Eric Von Essen and drummer Donald Bailey. However the music is too safe and predictable, making one wish that a fire had been lit under the soloists. Jimmy Rowles' reworking of "Take The 'A' Train" is the closest that this uneventful session comes to the sound of surprise. Otherwise, little memorable or special occurs.

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