Tom "Bones" Malone

Standards of Living

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On this CD, trombonist Tom Malone leads an all-star group through eight familiar standards. Although it is pretty interesting hearing such players as tenor saxophonist Bill Evans, pianist Gil Goldstein, and the former Pat Metheny rhythm section (bassist Mark Egan and drummer Danny Gottlieb) performing a program of warhorses, few real fireworks occur. Even trumpeter Jon Faddis is mostly pretty restrained, avoiding hitting high notes. Tom Malone takes some solid trombone solos and is responsible for the arrangements on the solid set of straight-ahead modern jazz, but nothing all that memorable occurs, making this date a slight disappointment.

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