Bob Badgley

Covering All the Bass-es

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Bob Badgley is a good example of a jazzman who has often earned a living with non-jazz pursuits. Over the years, the veteran acoustic bassist has paid the bills with everything from jingles to showroom gigs in Las Vegas, but straight-ahead jazz was his first love -- and jazz is what he sticks to on Covering All the Bass-es, which employs Lanny Morgan on alto sax, Joe Lano on guitar, Dan Skea or Tom Ferguson on piano, and John Abraham or Frank Capp on drums. This little known CD isn't spectacular, but it's a competent, if conventional, hard bop/post-bop date that finds the players in decent form on material that ranges from Frank Rosolino's "Blue Daniel" and Skea's Chick Corea-ish "D Street" to standards like "Secret Love," "Stardust," and Charlie Parker's "Confirmation." The album's most memorable track, however, is "Laura," which has been heard countless times as a ballad but receives a surprising medium-tempo interpretation from Badgley and friends. Covering All the Bass-es isn't a gem, but even so, it was nice to see Badgley recording as a leader.

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