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Lucky You by Phil Stack

This young artist is presented by "Generations in Jazz," a James Morrison Scholarship. The bassist is featured performing five of his own compositions within a sextet format. The three remaining tracks include There Will never Be Another You, Yesterdays and Miles Davis' Seven Steps to Heaven. This is a totally Australian group of young musicians joined on two tunes by James Morrison.

Phil Stack is a fine soloist and timekeeper and has the ability to keep every thing in perfect order. Jason Cooney's fine tenor work just glistens as does the wonderful guitar of Peter Zografakis who is also known as Peter Zog on other Morrison Records. Peter continues to impress me.

The producer, James Morrison, sits in on trumpet on "Seven Steps to Heaven" and once more on trombone with "There Will Never be Another You" where he trades back and forth with Phil Stack. "Intent" features some great exchanges with bass, tenor and pianist Barney McAll. Drummer, Andrew Gardner, plays a flawless set with some very tasteful accents. Phil's composition "April to October" finds guitar and bass in the forefront with delightful results. The more I hear of Peter Zog, the more I appreciate his sparkling style.

A fitting finale to a great session is the seven minute bass duo version of "Yesterdays." Phil Stack and Craig Scott share the duties. Wonderfully warm! Some excellent jazz is emerging from the land down under.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Phil Stack
  • CD Title: Lucky You
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Straight Ahead Jazz
  • Musicians: Phil Stack - bass; James Morrison - trumpet/trombone (tracks 1 & 5); Jason Cooney - tenor sax; Andrew Gardner - drums; Peter Zografakis - guitar; Barney McAll - piano; Craig Scott - bass on track 8, bass duo.
  • Rating: Five Stars
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