Memphis Nighthawks

Live at the Stabilizer

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In 1977, the Memphis Nighthawks, an eccentric but talented classic jazz ensemble from Chicago, recorded an excellent album for Delmark. Their only other recording was this LP from the following year, but unfortunately the live date is a disappointment. While the studio set just had drummer Bob Kornacher as a contrast on a couple numbers, this session includes him on every selection, and his overly heavy bass-drum work often drowns out the bass sax and makes the music quite ponderous. In addition, there are many clams from the horn players, along with some overly modern phrases that make revivals of such songs as "Messin' Around," "Oriental Strut," and "Buddy's Habits" seem quite pointless. Some better planning (and a lot better playing) would have made these performances much more worthwhile; get the Memphis Nighthawks' Delmark release instead.

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