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KingAlleyneRoth - It Might As Well Be Spring by Bill King

Swing is king here or better still King is swing. Bill King is an established jump swing back beat master and the transition to a polished 'modern jazz' player is no surprise to me. Every tune on this album is as good as it gets.

Drummer Archie Alleyne epitomizes Charlie Parker's advice "Don't overplay, enhance the soloist" and he has learned this lesson well and his embellishments contribute hugely to the overall effect.

Bassist Artie Roth walks and struts in the ensemble with grace and poise.

From 'Night And Day' done at a furious tempo to 'Mack The Knife's clever arrangement, this disc is a gem. King has selected the best of the best standards. The ballads showcase this fine Pianist's sensitivity and respect for the melody.

Bill Kings background of the rock 'em sock 'em jump genre is refined into a thing of beauty in this classic jazz mode. It is of great interest to me to witness this turnaround from rhythm and blues to pure jazz. It is the classic trip that all good jazz players embark on.

King is a remarkable musician, he has chosen the tunes and sidemen with care.

With all things considered, I have become a staunch fan of this artist. This is a five star album in every sense of the word.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Bill King
  • CD Title: KingAlleyneRoth - It Might As Well Be Spring
  • Genre: BeBop / Hard Bop
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: 7 Arts Entertainment
  • Rating: Five Stars
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