Ben Tucker

Savannah Presents Jazz

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Don't let the amateurish layout of the CD booklet of Savannah Presents Jazz fool you with its numerous typographical errors. This is an enjoyable studio date led by veteran bassist Ben Tucker; joining him are pianist John Colianni and drummer Teddy Lindner. With arrangements by either Tucker or Colianni, the trio offers a hard-driving take of "Yesterdays," a dazzling interpretation of a Beethoven piece known to most every piano student ("Für Elise"), a lush easygoing "Stella by Starlight," and a rapid-fire "I'll Remember April." Everything remains pretty upbeat until near the end of the CD. A particularly bluesy rendition of "After Hours" is followed by an appropriately moody take of "Goodbye." It is a shame that more care wasn't given to proofreading the package (along with listing composer credits, which are pretty much omitted), because it unjustly gives the impression that this release is a vanity affair instead of one featuring established musicians.

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