Towner Galaher


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Drummer Towner Galaher's self-released debut as a leader serves as an impressive introduction. Recruiting veterans Onaje Allan Gumbs on piano and bassist Charles Fambrough, plus two talented musicians still in their twenties and thirties, trumpeter Maurice Brown and tenor saxophonist Mark Shim, the leader sometimes augments the group with two additional percussionists (Johnny Almendra and Frank Colon). The Latin undercurrent in the band's arrangement of "Have You Met Miss Jones," the waltz setting of the standard "I'm All Smiles" (with Brown's fine muted horn and Shim's robust tenor sax), along with the sassy opening to Charles Mingus' elegy for Lester Young, "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" shows that Galaher is comfortable trying new approaches to familiar works. The strutting, in-your-face "Charisma" and the lively Latin groove within "East 10th Street" are fine examples of his abilities as a composer/arranger. Expect to hear more from this promising bandleader.

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