Bob Ferrazza

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This is a superior modern mainstream jazz date by five musicians who are not particularly well-known. Pianist Neal Creque is the most famous musician on the date, but is far from a household name, while guitarist Bobby Ferrazza and tenor and soprano saxophonist Jack Wilkins (no relation to the guitarist of the same name) deserve much more recognition. Teamed in a quintet with bassist Peter Dominguez and drummer Scott Kania, the players perform five of Ferrazza's originals (highlighted by the lyrical "The Lake," "Spiritual Funk," and the haunting "Samba for Jayne"), "I've Got the World on a String," and Horace Silver's "Sister Sadie." The medium-tempo tunes swing, the ballads are melodic and heartfelt, and the musicians (who are based in the Midwest) work together very well. This hard bop date, which has its quirky moments, is well worth searching for.

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