Paul Plummer

Trio & Quartet

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This CD reissues tracks from two small-label albums recorded in the early '80s, the first of which, Acoustic Jazz Trio, was favorably reviewed in Cadence magazine by editor Bob Rusch, who produced this reissue. While those whose only exposure to Paul Plummer comes from his association with the innovative composer George Russell, this will undoubtedly sound surprisingly a tad old-fashioned. Plummer, though an infrequent visitor to the recording studio since the '60s, has, in those rare sessions, favored a modern mainstream style, with full-bodied sound, an affinity for melody, and strong, solid musicianship of the kind that is here found in abundance. A big plus is the perspicuous voice of organist Steve Corn, whose lightly swinging solos and supportive thrusts are found on the first seven cuts. Corn also shines as a composer, having contributed four tunes, each evidencing a strong sense of song. The other pieces are an attractive mix of mostly standards, including a lilting version of "Greensleeves," an expansive take of "'Round Midnight" featuring an emotional Plummer, and an upbeat take of "It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing." Co-leader Ron Enyard keeps the pulse going throughout, with solid support from longtime Plummer associate bassist Lou Lausche and guitarist Tony Byrne. This should satisfy those who enjoy straight-ahead jazz played with an easygoing abandon and well-played melodies and solos.

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