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Soaring On Wings Of Ivory And Black by Bob McHugh

Although this is not a recent issue, pianist Bob McHugh sent along a review copy and it’s a nice bag of tunes. The Manhattan jazzman knows his stuff and has played all the city’s jazz haunts for decades.

McHugh has a great command of the mainstream styles and reminded me of men like Don Shirley, Ernie Freeman and Errol Garner. There is a hint of that comfortable 50s and 60s jazz approach in his performance.

I especially enjoyed Down Home with a bit of a gospel touch. Laura and Love For Sale are standouts too. Laura features some very nice bass-work by Earl Sauls.

All in all, Soaring On Wings Of Ivory And Black is a piano trio performance in the classic style.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Bob McHugh
  • CD Title: Soaring On Wings Of Ivory And Black
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Outstanding Records
  • Tracks: Down Home; Love For Sale; Do What I Can; Laura; Intimate; Thoughts Of Cortina; Big Bill; Porgy & Bess Medley; KoKo Clips; Night And Day; Turnpike Soiree; It’s Delovely.
  • Musicians: Bob McHugh (piano); Earl Sauls (bass); Rich Austin (drums).
  • Rating: Three Stars
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