Cliff Habian

Manhattan Bridge

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The eclectic nature of keyboardist Cliff Habian's program and the use of a slightly different instrumentation on each cut results in a diverse set that is consistent in its quality while covering a wide area of music. "Death Of A Caballero" is a Spanish piece influenced by Chick Corea with hot solos from altoist Tom First and the soprano of Ken LeGrand. The funky rhythms and tricky chord structure of "Crab Language" contrasts with a Bill Evans-type piano trio waltz ("Monet's Grand") and the r&bish "Ecuador" (with LeGrand in fine form on alto). The "Unbeliever" utilizes a high school choir and Ernie Krivda's passionate tenor while "Under The Manhattan Bridge" has a standard quartet (with tenor-saxophonist Joe Lovano) essaying a straighta-ahead original. The sadly out-of-print album's only miss is an attempt to simulate Django Reinhardt's guitar sound on synthesizer ("Reinhardt"). Overall, Manhattan Bridge is full of chancetaking music that is quite satisfying, even after repeated listenings.

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