Bryan and the Haggards

Hot Cup, 2010CD
Instrument: Instrumental

Issue: 16.3

Jazz Ruler Type: Pop+Jazz
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Performance: 3
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Sound: 3
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O’s Notes: This is an intriguing combination of styles. It is the music of Merle Haggard, a musician influenced by Johnny Cash and Ornette Coleman, quite different musical approaches. So we hear warm jazz with strong Country & Western overtones on “Miss The Mississippi And You”. This is in stark contrast with “Working Man Blues” which starts out as a simple blues tune before breaking into gutsy avant-garde. Bryan Murry (tenor sax), Jon Irabagon (alto sax), Jon Lundbom (g), Moopa Elliott (b) and Danny Fischer (d) bring the music to life. We preferred “Lonesome Fugitive”, a lazy blues tune and “All of Me Belongs to You” with a fine bass solo and scat by Elliott.


Publicist: Braithwaite & Katz