Fans of Ritchie Hart's 2004 album Blues In The Alley
will be pleased to see a new release by the guitarist next month. Greasy Street
will hit the shelves of your favorite outlet on October 6th.
No matter what your "jazz stripes" may be, it would be impossible to dislike the music of the Ritchie Hart Trio. Drawing from jazz composers like Monk, Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Jimmy Smith, Lalo Schifrin and Ron Carter, the trio aims to please everyone. They dig even deeper to resurrect gems such as Nat Cole's 1946 hit "Frim Fram Sauce" and Isham Jones' 1924 classic "I'll See You In My Dreams." Isham Jones was the first leader to employ a young Woody Herman.
Trio members Joe Corsello and Rick Petrone penned the title tune "Greasy Street" and it features guest appearances by organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and trombonist Clifton Anderson, the well-known veteran of the Sonny Rollins band. Ritchie Hart contributes another original to the CD with is rocking "East Coast Blues." The leader's guitar, Jerry Weldon's tenor and Pete Levin's keyboard compete for the listener's attention. The only clear winner of this enjoyable battle is the listener.
Ritchie Hart, a protégé of George Benson, shows his considerable prowess on Coltrane's "Naima", and Joe Henderson's "Recorda Me," one of two tracks without a guest performer. The trio's performance on Henderson's composition is pure perfection. Hart, Petrone and Corsello are "togetherness" personified. The three musicians infuse "I'll See You In My Dreams" with the same magic. This writer is wearing out the advance copy that arrived ten days ago. It's good jazz!