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East Coast Standards Time by East Coast Standards Time

This set REALLY could've used liner notes, y'know? There's a pretty diverse cast of characters on this disc: Florida folks, a chap from/based in Chicago, a somewhat legendary multi-instrumentalist -- alas, the personnel differs from track-to-track (though most of 'em have a "core" group of players), so I've no idea if this is the work of a collective, a one-shot deal, what-ever -- and the last 3 tracks have a Latin/Cuban cast/content. Anyway, the music is substantial but unsurprising bop-oriented mainstream jazz, the tunes mostly overly-familiar standards. (Does the world REALLY need another version of "All The Things You Are"?) There are indeed some fine, meaty soloing goin' on, especially from Richard Drexler & the somewhat elusive Ira Sullivan (who sticks to sax & flute here, no brass-playing). All in all, not a bad disc by any means, but it's nothing most dedicated jazz fans haven't heard 3,528 times previous.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: East Coast Standards Time
  • CD Title: East Coast Standards Time
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Altru Music
  • Musicians: Ira Sullivan: tenor sax, alto flute; Richard Drexler: piano, bass; Walt Hubbard: drums; Charlie Silva: bass; Carlos Fernandez: vocals, percussion; Rich Walker: guitar, backing vocals; others.
  • Rating: Two Stars
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