John Hicks Trio: Single Petal of a Rose

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Stereophile says the instruments are “…as natural and as true to life as can be. A gentle, extremely pleasurable recording—highly recommended.” If you love flute ballads, you’ll wear the aluminum off this CD.
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If you love flute ballads, you’ll wear the aluminum off this CD. Hicks’ impassioned solos are superb; Walter Booker’s bass adds delicate, dancing-on-tiptoes rhythms. The recording unleashes the gorgeous harmonic detail of the piano, the rich bottom-octave timbres of the bass and the breathy airiness of the flute. Stereophile says the instruments are “…as natural and as true to life as can be. A gentle, extremely pleasurable recording—highly recommended.”

 

TRACK LISTING

1. Sometime Ago (S. Mihanovich) -Listen to Full Song

2. Ingant Eyes (W. Shorter) -Listen to Sample

3. Yes Or No (W. Shorter) -Listen to Sample

4. Ballad Of Black Man (D. Murray)

5. Ghosts Of Yesterday (I. Higginbotham)

6. Portraits (C. Mingus)

7. Topaz (E. Wood)

8. A Child Is Born (T. Jones)

9. Single Petal Of A Rose (E.K. Ellington)

10. Embraceable You (G. Gershwin)

11. Virgo (W. Shorter)

 

Review by Jazz Times

Single Petal of A Rose, a duet featuring veteran pianist John Hicks and flutist Elise Wood - bassist Walter Booker and trumpeter Jack Walrath join on various tracks. The individual musicianship and collective performance levels are superb. Wood possesses a full-bodied sound and Wayne Shorter's uptempo Yes Or No more than affirms her facility. And Hicks needs little introduction but to say his wonderful taste in just about any setting is grossly underappreciated. Note his solo outing, Mingus' Portrait.

Ballads are the intentional fare here and they receive lovely readings. The title piece, Sometime Ago, Embraceable You and A Child Is Born are balanced by two other Shorter works, Virgo and Infant Eyes, David Murray's Ballad of a Black Man, and Irene Higginbotham's intriguing Ghosts of Yesterday. Wood contributed Topaz a blues that with Yes Or No cuts through the predominant Ravel-esque evocation of Pan in the glens. -Ron Welburn

 

Review by Stereophile

Pianist John Hicks and flutist Elise Woods offer a disc of standards and hip jazz compositions that sit mightly lightly on the ear - both the flute and the piano are merciless, er, witches to record, yet Sprey has them as natural and true to life as can be. This repeatedly passes the jump test: if I leave the room with this baby on the player, I always spend a baffled moment on my return trying to figure out where, and when, I am - I used to live with a flute player. Sounds as big as life, and just as full of wind. Augmented by bassist Walter Booker and trumpeter Jack Walrath, the duo becomes by turns a trio and a quartet, but the recording maintains an intimate, very lifelike presence. A gentle, extremely pleasurable recording - highly recommended. -Wes Phillips

 

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