After Hours is a very appropriate title for this trio CD led by pianist David Hazeltine, because it was recorded following two dates at the Artists Quarter in Minneapolis, with the musicians warmed up very nicely after playing two or more sets for paying customers. Hazeltine is joined by bassist Billy Peterson and drummer Kenny Horst on both sessions. Their are a number of well executed standards, especially the sauntering "Detour Ahead" and the up-tempo Latin-flavored take of "I Get a Kick Out of You," and an intense version of "Caravan," which includes a brief but effective solo by Horst. The leader contributed several tasty originals, including the driving hard bop "Captain's Song," "4 Flights Up," which is reminiscent of Cedar Walton's approach to the piano and features a sterling bass solo by Peterson, as well as the funky piano solo "Look What I Found." While only a few customers who stuck around to hear this music as it was recorded in the wee hours of the morning at the club, the rest of us at least have a chance to hear this long hidden music by the David Hazeltine Trio.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden