On the cleverly titled “When Larry Met Harry,” the B-3 wunderkind Larry Goldings joins forces with tenor saxophonist Harry Allen on a set of tunes that swing contentedly and positively glow when dusted with the glorious backing the Metropole Orchestra conducted by Vince Mendoza. Although Goldings is a first-call jazz organist (that’s him backing Madeleine Peyroux on her recordings), here he gets to show his mettle as a pianist and his sound fits hand-in-glove with Harry Allen, a traditionalist in the vein of Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins.
The duo has a soothing sound and easy repartee suggestive of the music that Stan Getz and Kenny Barron made together, especially on “Morning Has Broken,” a beautiful duet that leads this grown up album. Elsewhere, the pair are joined by drummer Andy Watson and alternating bassists, Doug Weiss and Neil Miner. Highlights include the buoyant swing that floats Goldings “Slo-Boat” and his “Lucky Am I,” a breezy mid-tempo cut that plays like a well-known standard. Most of the tunes are Goldings’, a nod to his skills as a tunesmith. Throw in a tasty version of Burt Bacharach’s “The Look Of Love” and a superb “Under Paris Skies,” this is the perfect recording for late night listening – high quality stuff that proves this encounter between two modern jazz masters is no fluke. (12 tracks; 52:33 minutes) www.larrygoldings.com www.harryallenjazz.com
Labels: Cafe Society Recordings, Harry Allen, Kenny Barron, Larry Goldings, Metropole Orchestra, Stan Getz, Vince Mendoza