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The Way by Bob Boguslaw Quartet

"The Way" is pianist Bob Boguslaw's first recording for Summit Records. Boguslaw's group performs regularly at New York City's Kennedy Center and is fairly well known in the Big Apple. For this outing, he brings his regular band, consisting of saxophonist Peter Barenbregge, Dave Wundrow on bass, and Rick Klane on drums. Also appearing on several cuts is trumpeter Robert Vetter. The program consists of nine Boguslaw original compositions and one standard, the Bernstein-Comden-Green ballad "Some Other Time", which also features a vocal by Bob's wife Mary.

The band performs a tight, well-rehearsed and cohesive set of contemporary and hard bop jazz on this CD. Boguslaw's piano talents are considerable, as displayed in "Even In My Dreams", and his compositions provide solid vehicles for his own playing as well as Barenbregge's saxophone work. A seasoned veteran of the United States Air Force Airmen of Note, as well as extensive studio and concert work, Barenbregge brings a Wayne Shorter-influenced approach to his instrument, raising the energy level of the band particularly with his soprano saxophone.

Trumpeter Vetter also adds a strong voice to the group on the driving "Why Not" and relaxed jazz waltz "I'll Remember", as well as a lovely ballad solo on "Some Other Time". Veteran bassist Dave Wundrow is featured on the soulful "A Promise I'll Keep" as well as laying down solid unison lines with Boguslaw throughout the set. Rick Klane delivers a tasteful and precise performance, showing off his drumming skills on the title cut.

Summit Records has added yet another outstanding title to their already impressive catalog with this CD, which will be enjoyed by jazz fans everywhere.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Bob Boguslaw Quartet
  • CD Title: The Way
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Summit Records
  • Rating: Four Stars
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