Joe Temperley – Double Duke {Naxos}

Joe Temperley – Double Duke {Naxos}

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Baritonist Joe Temperley, who occupied Harry Carney’s chair in the Duke Ellington Orchestra for a time after the former’s death in 1974, has often emulated Carney’s sound with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra since joining in 1990. However, Temperley — who also plays soprano sax and bass clarinet on this superior set — is much more than merely a Carney clone, and he has an appealing sound of his own.

He is teamed up here with four other musicians from the world of Wynton Marsalis: trombonist Wycliff Gordon (who is a major asset on Duke Ellington material since he is an expert with the plunger mute), pianist Eric Reed, bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Herlin Riley. From the title of the CD, one might think that this was exclusively a Duke Ellington tribute set but actually only four of the nine selections are Duke-associated material (including Billy Strayhorn’s “Rain Check,” “Black and Tan Fantasy” and a combination of “Rubber Bottom” with “Cottontail”).

The quintet also performs Oscar Pettiford’s classic “Tricotism,” “Elsa,” “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” and a couple of potentially morbid ballads: “Try a Little Tenderness” and “Danny Boy.” Gordon really digs into the latter and each selection has its subtle surprises. The two horns, due to Temperley’s tripling, create a surprising amount of variety and all nine of their performances are well worth hearing. Superior straightahead jazz.

01. Rain Check (6:16)
02. Creole Love Call (8:06)
03. Tricotism (5:52)
04. Black and Tan Fantasy (8:23)
05. Double Duke (4:56)
06. Try a Little Tenderness (5:47)
07. Elsa (5:13)
08. Fascinatin’ Rhythm (7:17)
09. Danny Boy (5:05)

Joe Temperley – baritone & soprano saxophones, bass clarinet
Wycliff Gordon – trombone
Eric Reed – piano
Rodney Whitaker – bass
Herlin Riley – drums

Recorded on 2nd and 3rd October, 1998
Recorded at Sound on Sound Studios, New York City
Engineer: David Baker
Producer: Joe Temperley
Executive Producer: Mike Nock
Photo of Joe Temperley by Nancy Miller Elliott
Liner notes by Stanley Dance
Cover Painting: Night Figure by Pat Cale (b. 1945) by arrangement with the artist

1999, HNH International Ltd.

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