Donnie O'Brien Meets Manhattan Swing: In a Basie Mood
Arbors RecordsARCD: 19286
Musicians: Donnie O«Brien, drums, Carmen Leggio, tenor sax, Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar, John Bunch, piano, Jay Leonhart, bass, John Pizzarelli, guitar (5)
Donnie O«Brien, a talented drummer who has worked regularly in the New York area since the early 1970s, makes his recording debut on this meeting with Bucky Pizzarelli, John Bunch and Jay Leonhart, together with saxophone great, Carmen Leggio. The music is very much in a Basie vein with the musicians sounding relaxed, leaving space for each other and swinging lightly, with O«Brien playing with much subtlety and yet with plenty of quiet drive, making for a most enjoyable CD.
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