Gabe Baltazar Quartet


Fresh Sound 5000 Series

Gabe Baltazar (as, cl), Frank Strazzeri (p), Andy Simpkins (b), Nick Martinis (d)

Reference: FSRCD 5001

Bar code: 8427328650014

01. Birdology (Gabe Baltazar) 5:35
02. If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You (Schwartz-Dietz) 7:00
03. I Told You So (Duncan Lamont) 7:37
04. The Calm (Gabe Baltazar) 8:32
05. Night On The Bayou (Frank Strazzeri) 4:56
06. In The Still Of The Night (Cole Porter) 6:50
07. The Wind (Russ Freeman) 7:08
08. One Morning In May (Carmichael-Parish) 6:23
09. Autumn Nocturne (Myrow-Gannon) 6:45
10. Memories Of You (Blacke-Razaf) 6:00

Total time: 67:34 min.

Gabe Baltazar (alto sax, clarinet); Frank Strazzeri (piano); Andy Simpkins (bass); Nick Martinis (drums).
Recorded at Victor Feldman Studio, Woodland Hills, California, October 24 & 25, 1992

Engineer: Trevor Feldman
Liner notes: Howard Rumsey
Photography: William Claxton
Design: Rafa Ros

Producer: Gabe Baltazar

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Special thanks to Eleise Baltazar, Howard Rumsey & Frank Strazzeri


"Considering his talent, it is surprising that altoist Gabe Baltazar has recorded so infrequently through the years. Much of it is due to him living in Hawaii, but fortunately, Baltazar's visits to the mainland have become more common in the 1990s. This quartet set with pianist Frank Strazzeri, bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Nick Martinis finds the boppish altoist in peak form. His heated "Birdology 101" mixes together excerpts of several Charlie Parker lines into a coherent song, Baltazar digs into some ballads (including the haunting "Autumn Nocturne," Hoagy Carmichael's "One Morning in May" and a rare outing on clarinet on "Memories of You") and cooks hard on most of the other selections. His definitive CD, this set is available from the Spanish Fresh Sound label."

Scott Yanow -All Music Guide

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