Don Vickery:
Alone Together
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Mark Eisenman (piano)

Neil Swainson (bass)

Don Vickery (drums)


"Another alumnus of the (Oscar) Peterson school is drummer Don Vickery, who was already active in Halifax jazz circles before he relocated to Toronto in 1959. Vickery is 74 now, but he’s lost none of his springy, propulsive beat, amply demonstrated on his first CD as leader, Alone Together ... The music here is mainstream modern jazz of the first rank, with Vickery fitting hand-in-glove with his partners. Pianist Mark Eisenman’s relaxed rhythmic phrasing and feel for the blues always suggest something of the late Wynton Kelly, while Neil Swainson is a genuine melodic bassist, whether soloing or playing the melody on Johnny Mandel’s seldom heard Close Enough for Love. There’s never a sense of a superfluous note here, and it all seems to float on air, wafted aloft on Vickery’s detailed punctuation. Other highlights include Hampton Hawes’ Blues the Most and Henry Mancini’s Dreamsville, also imaginative repertoire choices."

Stuart Broomer


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Blues the Most (H. Hawes) 5:20

2. Alone Together (H. Dietz, A. Schwartz) 5:18
3. Out of the Past (B. Golson, J. Hendricks) 5:04

Close Enough for Love (J. Mandel, P. Williams) 6:08


Blues in the Night (H. Arlen, J. Mercer) 5:08

6. My Foolish Heart (V. Young, N. Washington) 4:38
7. Fits You (M. Eisenman) 4:39
8. Chelsea Bridge (B. Strayhorn) 5:40
9. Dreamsville (H. Mancini, R. Evans, J. Livingston) 7:07
10 Never Enough (N. Swainson) 5:14
11 Sunday Edition Blues (M. Eisenman) 4:25