Bob Mover

You Go to My Head

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Ira Sullivan and Lee Konitz- influenced altoist Bob Mover recorded this hard bop session for the Japanese Pony Canyon label's Jazz City series. Since then, Germany's Bellaphon has reissued the album for distribution in Europe, with limited distribution in the U.S. Mover is joined by an all-star rhythm section of Benny Green on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums, with tenor sax man Steve Hall present on four of the tracks. Listeners get the full treatment of bop sax playing. Kicking off with a medium-to-uptempo, foot-tapping version of "You Go to My Head" followed by a soft, raspy rendering of the title tune. Benny Green's sensitive touch on piano provides an appropriate backdrop for Mover's sax. Tenderness once more comes to the fore on "I Fall in Love too Easily" followed by a less than a minute romp with "Gallop's Gallop," with Steve Hall making one of his appearances. "Concerto for Albert" honors pianist Albert Dailey, with whom Mover has recorded. Benny Green obviously plays a leading role. Everyone has a lot of fun with Thelonious Monk's quirky "Off Minor," including Mover, who quotes a few bars from "Pennies from Heaven." "Blues for the Road" becomes a '50s-type blowing session with a go-around of trading fours among Mover's alto, Hall's tenor, and Lewis' drums. The session ends with a gentle exposition of the Johnny Mercer/Johnny Mandel "Emily," again with Benny Green playing the major support role. Here Mover gives a nod toward the Phil Woods approach to the alto. The limited U.S. distribution is unfortunate; hopefully another record label will pick up this album for reissue.

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