AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive: Arlen Songs

Phil Wilson

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AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive: Arlen Songs Review

by Ken Dryden

This duo date by trombonist Phil Wilson and pianist Paul Schmelling focuses exclusively on the music of Harold Arlen, featuring 17 songs that have become favorite standards for musicians, because their memorable melodies inspire swinging improvisations. Lest you think that 71 minutes of piano-trombone duets is excessive, the imagination and musicianship displayed by the two men should alleviate any worries. A jaunty "AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" signals the listener that Wilson and Schmelling are here to lift one's spirits. The tantalizing bossa nova arrangement of "Out of This World" and virtuoso playing by both men in "My Shining Hour" are among the many highlights of this low-profile but highly recommended CD.

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