Miles Donahue

Double Dribble

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Miles Donahue is one of those rare players who can play both tenor and trumpet. On this set he is mostly heard on tenor where he has a fine hard bop style. However pianist Kenny Werner often steals the show with his dazzling and explorative solos which are quite unpredictable and often stirring. Although five of the eight numbers are Donahue originals, the majority are based on standards including "Squabbish" (reminiscent of "Stella By Starlight") and "What's Happenin'' ("It Could Happen To You"). The rhythm section is tight and alert, able to stretch out the tunes into unusual directions, such as the inventive waltz version of "Don't Blame Me" and a radical transformation of "When I Fall In Love." There are better showcases overall for Donahue but this is one of Werner's finest recordings.

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