Ernie Krivda

The Art of the Ballad

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For this date, the adventurous tenor saxophonist Ernie Krivda smooths down his usual staccato style and displays plenty of warmth on six veteran ballads, all taken as duets with the versatile pianist Bill Dobbins. Their interplay and mutual support comes off quite well. Two of the pieces ("Love Walked In" and Duke Ellington's lesser-known "Volupte") were performed live before an audience and, even though Krivda and Dobbins had not played together in ten years (and were not overly familiar with the material), they sound as if they had been performing regularly in recent times. The other tunes ("Like Someone in Love," "How About You," "My Foolish Heart," and "Darn That Dream") were performed in the studio and even though the explorations are sometimes quite lengthy (both "Like Someone in Love" and "My Foolish Heart" are over ten minutes long), the treatments are melodic and respectful. One of Ernie Krivda's most accessible sessions.

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