On This Day
Clint Hoover Trio
On this latest offering, Clint Hoover finally steps out of the role of sideman and easily slips into a leadership position. His concept was simple: to capture a spontaneous, off the cuff session in the spirit of the great Blue Note jazz recordings of the ‘50’s. He hand picked classic jazz compositions by such luminaries as Dexter Gordon, Wayne Shorter, Clifford Brown and, of course, Toots Thielemans. It was recorded in one day (hence the title,) and is “live” in the studio. There is little, if any, preconceived arranging. The results are fresh and exciting.
One listen will reveal that Clint has not been resting on his laurels as a improviser on the chromatic harmonica. His melodic and harmonic ideas have expanded and matured. His tone and execution is smoother, subtler, and more expressive. On a hot version of the Horace Silver composition, “Sister Sadie” Clint demonstrates his versatility by playing jazz diatonic harp.
Although he leads the project, it is definitely an ensemble effort. Eric Graham plays the bass with authority and grace. David Hupp plays the piano with great sensitivity. Collectively, there is excellent interplay between the instruments and a keen sense of dynamics, space and texture. All three musicians are great “listeners.”
The CD was recorded at Wild Sound Studios, which is widely known as the place to go in Minnesota for superb sound when recording acoustic jazz.
All in all, this is a fine debut for Clint as a leader. Its also a thoroughly satisfying experience for the listener, leaving you with a sense of anticipation for Clint’s next solo outing.