Rite Notes ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2022. New Copy ...
HaroldDanko may look a bit boring on the cover, but the album's full of stunning beauty throughout – an all-solo session that seems to show off Danko's rich command of the piano in a way that we've never heard before! The songs are all compositions by Harold, but they have an open, freewheeling sense of exploration that takes us back to Keith Jarrett improvisations of the 70s – even though Danko is a very different player than Jarrett overall, and the recording quality here has a heck of a lot more warmth than a session from ECM. The comparison is just one that we're using to convey the sense of discovery and spontaneous expression that comes from Danko's fingers on the keys – really magical music that has us listening to the pianist in a whole new way. Titles include "Nirigama", "No Escape", "Address Unknown", "Premonitions & Reflections", and "Mystic Dancers". CD
Long, open-ended later work from Chet Baker – the kind of album that still had him working out interesting ideas in his music! The group features HaroldDanko on piano, Greg Herbert on tenor, Ron Carter on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums – on cuts that include "ESP", "Shifting Down", "Tidal Breeze", and "Once Upon A Summertime". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 70s pressing – with hype sticker indicating that booklet is included!)
Chris Connor —
Alone Together ... CD Lob/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
About January 25, 2023 (delayed)
Chris Connor is joined by HaroldDanko on piano, Ronne McClure and Ed Soph on drums for this collection of songs recorded in 1978. Tracks include "Come In From The Rain", "A Baby's Born", "I'll Catch The Sun", "Blue, Green Grey & Gone", "Fly Me To The Moon", "More Today Than Yesterday", and "All Or Nothing At All". CD
Hip Woody – recorded right after his years with Cadet, and in a similar funky big band vein! The record's got a very nice version of "Fat Mama", plus one of our all-time favorites, "Alone Again Naturally"! Players include HaroldDanko on Fender Rhodes, Pat Martino on guitar, and Al Johnson on bass. Other tunes include "Bill's Blues", "Sandia Chicao", and "It's Too Late". LP, Vinyl record album
A set recorded in Tokyo, but one that has the great Chet Baker working with players from the Dutch and American scenes – all coming together in a quartet session that's maybe one of the strongest records from Chet's later years! The material was recorded live – and Chet's got a surprisingly strong bite on his horn at times – very different than the wispier modes of European sessions from earlier in the decade – perhaps in part because of the superb rhythmic accompaniment he gets from HaroldDanko on piano, Hein Van De Geyn on bass, and John Engels on drums! And as with all these late recordings, the shift in Chet's style is wonderful – even at times when he was "lost" to so many, he's still a master of phrasing – coming up with all these new modes of expression that are so different than his classic work – on long tracks that stretch out beautifully. Titles include "Arborway", "Broken Wing", "Four", "I'm A Fool To Want You", and "Seven Steps To Heaven". LP, Vinyl record album
Featuring HaroldDanko, Jerry Dodgion, Bily Campbell, Gregory Herbert, Earl Gardner, and others. Titles include "Come Sunday", "Central Park North", "A That's Freedom", "Mornin Reverend", and "Mach II". LP, Vinyl record album
With Konitz on alto and soprano, Tom Harrell and John Eckert on trumpet and flugelhorn, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, Sam Burtis on bass trombone, Ronnie Cuber on baritone and soprano, HaroldDanko on piano, Wuster Williams on bass, and Billy Hart on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
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