Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dave Cliff & Friends

Dave Cliff is well known in English jazz circles, though not as well in the U.S. These mid-'90s sessions for Zephyr feature the veteran guitarist with the younger American jazz guitarists Howard Alden (who was touring the U.K.) as a guest on eight tracks, along with bassist Dave Green and drummer Allan Ganley. The two guitarists' styles complement one another very well, as both are lyrical players with an intimate knowledge of a vast repertoire of standards and jazz compositions, both swing and bop. Their magical duets of a trio of Duke Ellington songs, including a tantalizing "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me," the lively "Purple Gazelle," and a relaxed "In My Solitude" are the obvious highlights. The full quartet is present on four selections, including a lightly swinging take of Wes Montgomery's "West Coast Blues" and a breezy rendition of "You Stepped out of a Dream." Cliff plays three duets with Green, delivering a superb take of Montgomery's "Jingles," while he is unaccompanied on the lush medley of "Autumn in New York" and "Too Late Now."
Ken Dryden
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Dave Cliff & Friends
When Lights Are Low


1 When Lights Are Low (Carter) 4:13
2 Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me (Ellington) 6:08
3 Jingles (Montgomery) 3:17
4 Purple Gazelle (Ellington) 5:44
5 The Nearness of You (Carmichael) 4:47
6 Falling in Love with Love (Rodgers, Hart) 4:19
7 In My Solitude (Ellington) 4:30
8 West Coast Blues (Montgomery) 4:47
9 Autumn in New York/Too Late Now (Duke/Lane) 3:36
10 I'm Getting Sentimental Over Youg (Bassman) 5:08
11 The Shadow of Your Smile (Mandel) 2:53
12 You Stepped out of a Dream (Nacio, Herb, Brown) 4:20

Dave Cliff - g
Howard Alden - g
Dave Green - b
Allan Ganley - dr

Recorded at Porcupine Studios : November 2 & 3, 1996 & May 3, 1997


jazzuk said...

Have this as mp3 but I presume this a lossless version. The link is coming up as not found at RS. Looks like the RS url has been cut short. Thanks Mel.

balance acupuncture said...

Needs a passprase to unzip archive.

jazzuk said...

@balance acupuncture

Don't give me the needle!

Luis said...

It seems that the link was deleted.

Melanchthon said...

jazzuk said...

Thanks very much Mel, appreciated.

OldHippieRick said...

BIG Thanks Mel although I don't know about Dave.. I do love Howard he is awesome..can't wait to check this out

Rick said...

thanks for the dave cliff album - can't wait to hear it
guys, the link is good, and the pass is the name of our host in lower case

Kovina Kris said...

Thanks for the introduction to Dave Cliff Mel. Looks great!

Frank said...

Dave Cliff has been a favorite since I first heard him w Lee Konitz on the superb Horo Jazz a Confronto lp.
Thanks for this!

Heervee said...

D Cliff, Thank you for this discovery

Collectionist said...

Thanks Mel - never heard of this guy before. Love learning about "new players".


Kovina Kris said...

I've listened to this album twice now and I must say that it's absolutely enchanting. Just wonderful. I'll be burning a copy for repeated listenings in the jukebox (my car) today. Thank you verrry much!

LaroSwing said...

Merci de partager aussi largement tous ces trésors... connus ou encore inconnus! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Dear MM! resurrect Dave Cliff et al., please! Hope you are OK, long time no see.