A Ballad Album

Warne Marsh Quartet

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A Ballad Album Review

by Scott Yanow

Although there is a certain amount of tempo variation, this is largely a ballad showcase CD for tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh. With fine support from pianist Lou Levy, bassist Jesper Lundgaard and drummer James Martin, Marsh sounds quite lyrical on eight veteran standards including "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby," "The Nearness of You" and "Emily." The CD reissue adds three alternate takes to the original program. Fine music that is both relaxing and (thanks to Marsh) somewhat unsettling under the surface.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Warne Marsh Quartet feat: Lou Levy / Jesper Lundgaard / Warne Marsh / James Martin 05:42 Amazon
2 Warne Marsh Quartet feat: Lou Levy / Jesper Lundgaard / Warne Marsh / James Martin 07:57 Amazon
3 Warne Marsh Quartet feat: Lou Levy / Jesper Lundgaard / Warne Marsh / James Martin 05:49 Amazon
4 Warne Marsh Quartet feat: Lou Levy / Jesper Lundgaard / Warne Marsh / James Martin 05:10 Amazon
5 Warne Marsh Quartet feat: Lou Levy / Jesper Lundgaard / Warne Marsh / James Martin 07:16 Amazon
6 Warne Marsh Quartet feat: Lou Levy / Jesper Lundgaard / Warne Marsh / James Martin 04:36 Amazon
7 Warne Marsh Quartet feat: Lou Levy / Jesper Lundgaard / Warne Marsh / James Martin 05:03 Amazon
8 Warne Marsh Quartet feat: Lou Levy / Jesper Lundgaard / Warne Marsh / James Martin 05:40 Amazon
9 Warne Marsh Quartet feat: Lou Levy / Jesper Lundgaard / Warne Marsh / James Martin 05:39 Amazon
10 Warne Marsh Quartet feat: Lou Levy / Jesper Lundgaard / Warne Marsh / James Martin 05:11 Amazon
11 Warne Marsh Quartet feat: Lou Levy / Jesper Lundgaard / Warne Marsh / James Martin 07:30 Amazon
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