by Paul WerticoPaul Wertico


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Laurence Hobgood is best known for being singer Kurt Elling's regular pianist. Hobgood's solos are thoughtful and inventive, so it is only right that he finally has a chance to fully shine on this CD. The date actually features a co-op group that also includes the virtuosic bassist Brian Torff (who has had a lower profile since he impressed many during his period with George Shearing) and drummer Paul Wertico. Most of their collaborations on this set are taken at slow to medium tempos, with the improvisations being melodic, lightly swinging, and full of subtle surprises. Torff has a few features (being particularly impressive on "Amazing Grace"), Wertico plays well in support, and Hobgood is in top form. The program concludes with a humorous version of "What Am I Here For." Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2008
Label: Naim
UPC: 0797537101521
catalogNumber: 15

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Wertico   Primary Artist,Drums
Brian Torff   Bass
Laurence Hobgood   Piano

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer
Milt Jackson   Composer
Brian Torff   Composer,Producer,Sleeve Notes
Ray Noble   Composer
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Paul Wertico   Composer,Producer,Sleeve Notes
Laurence Hobgood   Composer,Producer,Sleeve Notes
Unknown Blues Band   Composer
Robert Mellin   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
J. Christopher   Composer
Ken Christianson   Engineer

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