Allan Botschinsky Quintet

The Night

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Trumpeter/flugelhornist Allan Botschinsky leads a strong international quintet on this 1988 release, which focuses primarily on his infectious post-bop compositions. The Dane is accompanied by fellow countryman Thomas Clausen on piano, Swedes Ove Ingemarsson (tenor and soprano sax) and Lars Danielsson (bass), plus the noted American drummer Victor Lewis. Opening on muted trumpet with the sauntering "The Night," the leader switches to flugelhorn for his richly textured ballad "The End of a Tune," altering the lead with Ingemarsson, while the influence of Bill Evans is apparent in Claussen's solo. The gradual development of "Sunrise" suggests a day getting underway, with Ingemarsson adding his delicious soprano sax. The boisterous "Spotlight" is an up-tempo romp suggestive of the songs one might hear by Bobby Watson & Horizon, with whom Lewis has made numerous recordings; his drumming powers the entire track and his inventive solo is a highlight. The setting of Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady" begins with Claussen's solo, with the leader following a bit later on flugelhorn and the remainder of the band entering on the bridge. This is a rewarding date which may be somewhat hard to acquire, as the label seems to have ceased operations.

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