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Ears Wide Open by Franklin Clover Seales

Henry Franklin, Steve Clover and Marc Seals are musicians who should need no introduction to a jazz fan. They've each played with enough giants of the genre to earn the distinction of that title for themselves. As much as they've done, though, and as fine as it's uniformly been, they do some of their best work together, as you'll find on this, their fourth release as a trio.

There's only one original composition on the disc, Marc Searle's Ascending Truth, but they approach some pretty challenging books to fill out the disc, including selections from Monk, Trane, Miles and Wayne Shorter. A couple of the finer moments include the Rodgers & Hart ballad, Little Girl Blue, and Les McCann's A Little 3/4 For God & Co. (and why don't more people play more Les McCann!).

The McCann tune in particular, both the opening track and the 'alternate take' offered later, is an example of jazz at its most affectingly soulful, although Miles' No Blues offers a compelling case for the same distinction. This is another case, though, where picking and choosing is just beside the point. Set aside the time to dig this one from start to finish. There isn't a disappointing moment.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Franklin Clover Seales
  • CD Title: Ears Wide Open
  • Genre: BeBop / Hard Bop
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Beezwax Records
  • Tracks: A Little 3/4 For God & Co., Naima, Little Girl Blue, No Blues, Ascending Truth, Pannonica, Anamaria, A Little 3/4 For God & Co. (alternate take), Goodbye, Naima (alternate take)
  • Musicians: Henry Franklin (bass), Steve Clover (drums), Marc Seales (piano)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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