Dave Zoller

Love Song to a Genie

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Pianist Dave Zoller's sextet is comprised of musicians based in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area including a rhythm section that performed regularly with Al Hirt in the 1980s. However the music (all composed by Zoller) avoids traditional jazz in favor of the modern mainstream. The originals range from a colorful blues and the title song (which is reminiscent of Herbie Hancock in the 1960s) to the humorous parade rhythms and effects of "Under a Jumbo Moon" (which is dedicated to Al Hirt), a Spanish piece a la acoustic Chick Corea and selections in tribute to Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and the Blue Note label. None of the sidemen are overly distinctive but they are skilled in the modern bop vocabulary and the musicianship is quite high. Zoller (who is also responsible for all the arrangements is easily the main star of this stimulating release.

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