Tommy Flanagan Trio – Sea Changes {AlfaJazz}

Review by Ken Dryden (

It’s easy to understand why Tommy Flanagan has been one of the most praised pianists over the ’80s and ’90s while listening to an excellent trio date such as this CD. With bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash, he features a number of songs with oceanic themes, including a tantalizing “How Deep Is the Ocean?,” “I Cover the Waterfront,” and his own snappy title track. Flanagan also delivers a thunderous take of “Relaxin’ at Camarillo” and the smoldering, savory blues “C.C. Rider.”

01 – Sea Changes
02 – Verdandi
03 – Delarna
04 – Eclypso
05 – How Deep is the Ocean
06 – C.C. Rider
07 – Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
08 – Beat’s Up
09 – I Cover the Waterfront
10 – Relaxin’ at Camarillo
11 – Dear Old Stockholm

Tommy Flanagan – piano
Peter Washington – bass
Lewis Nash – drums

Recorded on March 11 & 12, 1996 at Clinton Recording Studio A, N.Y.C.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, scans

Jimmy Ponder – Something to Ponder {Muse}

Review by Anders Jonasson (

This is a beautiful album that Ponder dedicated to his 2 daughters. In one way it is typical Ponder album and in one way it is`nt,,the diffrence is the pianoplaying by Mark Soskin which is heart grabbing..he nearly steals the show on several occasions.
There are 4 songs that stands out in my opinion:
-Johnnys place…a straight a head 12 bar blues with that bounce that only Ponder is able to produce
-Since I fell for you….that old funky tune..which Ponder handles so nicely and even it is 12 minutes long it never get’s boring..this is the real highlight of the album
-The craetor has a master plan…wonderful playing by Ponder,,where he also sings in unison with his single string lines..very Bensonlike
-Moonlight in Vermont….the tune often linked with legendary guitarist Johnny Smith..played so relaxed and beautful.
Get it if you can…not easy though to find!!

01 – Johnny’s Place
02 – Since I Fell for You
03 – Satin Doll
04 – The Creator Has a Master Plan
05 – Moonlight in Vermont
06 – Softly As a Morning Sunrise
07 – Sunshine

Jimmy Ponder – guitar
Mark Soskin – piano
Peter Washington – bass
Roger Humphrey – drums

Recorded at M&I Recording Studio, New York, NY on March 9, 1994

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork