Ernie Krivda

Tough Tenor, Red Hot

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Tenor saxophonist Ernie Krivda, whose decision to remain home in Cleveland has resulted in gaining much less recognition than he deserves, is a highly original player with an intense and exploratory style who is not shy of playing conventional chord changes. This live set from Cleveland State University matches Krivda with pianist Chip Stephens, bassist Jeff Halsey, and drummer Joe Brigandi on four originals (including "Sarah's Theme," which is dedicated to Sarah Vaughan); in addition, he takes "All the Things You Are" as a duet with Halsey. This excellent LP, which is still available, gives listeners some good examples of Krivda's powerful playing and will hopefully resurface on CD someday too.