Veteran keyboardist Dave Posmontier's premier release on Dreambox Media presents five original compositions, a traditional hymn (#9 "top most-requested" on WRTI-fm for 2010!*), a venerable Rodgers & Hammerstein classic standard, and the Third Movement Theme from Brahms' "Symphony #3."
Features bassist Chico Huff, drummer Erik Johnson, and Bob Howell on tenor and soprano saxophones:
"Double B on 3" / *"Down by the Riverside" / "It Might as Well Be Spring" / "Peace Is the Way" / "Art of the States" / "Symphony #3, Third Movement Theme" / "Old Bugs and New" / "Peace of Change"
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What the critics say:
"This quartet set from Dave Posmontier showcases the breadth that the pianist and composer has shown throughout his career. It starts with bluesy directness and some earnest gospel. The players alight on the standard 'It Might As Well Be Spring,' linger on a Johannes Brahms melody, and get both funky and Monkish in the same tune.
The album even ambles into some R&B homeyness, albeit with a handsome solo from bassist Chico Huff and support from drummer Erik Johnson. But mostly, this stuff plays. It's accessible. It's been bandstand-tested.
Posmontier long ago established his cred in an organ trio with two Philly titans, drummer Mickey Roker and tenor saxophonist Bootsie Barnes. More recently, he's been hanging with violinist John Blake and the crack-up Klingon Klezmer band, which certainly gives him more cosmic moves.
Tenor and soprano saxophonist Bob Howell, a Berklee-trained musician whose credits range from backing Aretha Franklin to teaching at Widener University, is the able lead horn, deftly keening on the traditional 'Down by the Riverside.'"
- Philadelphia Inquirer
"...(f)ive originals by keyboardist Posmontier with forays into light gospel, the Classical repertoire, and a lone standard...Itís all very well executed...Posmontierís originals break the mold. 'Art of the States' is a brightly snappy upbeat number thatís got a few twists and turns. Posmontierís solo is sly and assertive, with empathetic support by bassist Chico Huff and drummer Erik Johnson. Saxophonist Howell joins the fun for a dancing solo on tenor, starting simply and growing more and more involved until he cycles back to the head. The other highlight is the burner 'Old Bugs and New,' with more strong saxophone work. Posmontierís overdubbed organ gives the track a touch of spooky atmosphere, and the piece also features some tasty licks by drummer Johnson...it should appeal to Jazz fans anywhere..."
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