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Vanessas Song by Brent Gallaher

Assembling a collection of his original compositions, adding a couple standards, then tossing in a Steely Dan original, Connerley has created a dynamic and energetic straight-ahead piece of art with Vanessa’s Song.

In a tribute to Wayne Shorter, Gallaher wrote Sort-of-Shorter,allowing this sax man a full run of the scale, slowly and gently caressing each note, accompanied by keyboardist Jim Connerly and a deep dip on bass by Jim Anderson.

Title track, Vanessa’s Song, was written for Gallaher’s wife, reflecting an up-tempo, spirited personality. Again blowing full range on sax, this time Gallaher’s bassist peps up his strings, keeping time with the stiletto strokes on piano. Franklin does a romping solo on drums.

A little more sultry, Beatrice gives a deeper tone to Gallaher’s sax before coming back with Steely Dan’s Razor Boy,with a new arrangement adding a little diversion to this classic tune.

Elvin’s Lighthouse was written by Gallaher for Elvin Jones, who gave Gallaher inspiration with his album, Live at the Lighthouse. A little tweaking brought this track into focus for the band as they gingerly perform Elvin’s Lighthouse. Connerley takes a full run across the keyboard, perfectly matched by Franklin’s hot drum roll in a frantic extended solo.

A fine piano lead opens May’s Muse,later joined by Gallaher’s sultry sax on a slow tour into the mysterious night.

Monk’s Pannonicaseems an appropriate closure to an album giving tribute to such major players.

Influenced by Coltrane, Davis, Monk, Shorter and Steely Dan, Brent Gallaher has a well-rounded repertoire bringing a classy touch to the jazz scene.

While touring with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under direction of Buddy Morrow, Brent Gallaher played at George W. Bush’s Inaugural Ball.

Gallaher plays with the Blue wisp big Band, the Cohesian Jazz Ensemble, Cal Collins, the Phil DeGreg Trio, the Ron Enyard trio, Wilbert Longmire, Ed Moss Society Jazz Orchestra and many more.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Brent Gallaher
  • CD Title: Vanessas Song
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Tracks: Sort-of-Shorter, Vanessa’s Song, Beatrice, Razor Boy, Elvin’s Lighthouse, May’s Muse, Sun Tune, Pannonica
  • Musicians: Jim Connerley on piano, Jim Anderson on bass, Tony Franklin on drums, Brent Gallaher on sax.
  • Rating: Five Stars
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