Jazz, Post-Bop, Jazz Instrument, Trumpet Jazz

Album Review

Four previously unreleased performances are included on this diverse and mostly swing-oriented CD. Marcus Belgrave is better known for playing in more modern settings and for being an important educator in Detroit. However, this CD is something different. Two of the sessions (from 1987 and 1989) resulted in five duets (mostly ballads) with veteran trad pianist Art Hodes, including two versions apiece (but two years apart) of "Ghost of a Chance" and "Summertime." A 1995 performance teams Belgrave with fellow trumpeter Doc Cheatham in a quintet that also features stride pianist James Dapogny. The three numbers include "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Sweet Georgia Brown." In addition, Belgrave plays "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and "Broadway" with his regular quintet in 2000, which includes tenor saxophonist Charlie Gabriel and pianist Claude Black. Belgrave, a flexible player, is in excellent form throughout this program, and it is enjoyable to hear these previously unknown performances by Hodes and Cheatham.
Scott Yanow, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Ghost of a Chance
  2. Summertime
  3. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  4. Sweet Lorraine
  5. Honeysuckle Rose
  6. Creole Love Call
  7. Broadway
  8. Summertime
  9. Ghost of a Chance
  10. Sweet Georgia Brown