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European Sessions by James Morrison Quartet

The "European Sessions" CD was recorded in Germany during the spring of 1998. James Morrison is the renowned Australian multi-instrumentalist featured in a couple of my recent reviews and I'm rapidly becoming a real fan of this outstanding musician.

This quartet session is a delight. Morrison and the group have drawn on their own compositions for this endeavor with great success. "Excitement" is the word of the day! The drumming of Ali Jackson is an unending barrage of styles and complex rhythms. Add the talents of bassist Pierre Boussaguet and the superb guitarist Peter Zog for a wonderful casserole of jazz.

James Morrison when featured on trumpet has the "high note" capability of Maynard and is a brilliant improvisor. On trombone, one might detect a touch of Bill Harris' smooth and warm techniques. His abilities on piano and flugelhorn are equally interesting and exciting.

The tunes penned by Morrison, Zog and Boussaguet are outstanding and each performer gets his chance to stretch out on his own. Peter Zog just knocks my socks off, especially on "Zog's Jog" where he pairs off with Morrison's high register trumpet work and a blazing rhythm section.

This definitely sits on my top shelf and gets top marks.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: James Morrison Quartet
  • CD Title: European Sessions
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Morrison Records
  • Musicians: James Morrison (trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, piano), Peter Zog (guitar), Pierre Boussaguet (bass), Ali Jackson (drums, percussion)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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