Monday, 4 July 2011

Hilton Ruiz - A New York Story (2004)

1.A New York Story 7:36
2.Slow and Easy 8:48
3.Another Kind of Blues 6:23
4.A Trio in Manhattan 7:29
5.Double Bass Blues 8:40
6.Slow and Easy 10:05
7.Another Kind of Blues 5:43.

George Coleman - Alto & Tenor
Leon Dorsey - Bass
Grady Tate - Drums.


  1. I mostly know the music of Hilton Ruiz through his Latin Jazz albums. It is nice to hear him doing some straight ahead stuff. Very enjoyable music.

    Here is a review of this album that I found.

    A New York Story

    CD (Hilton Ruiz Music 36142), Released 2004.

    Editor's Pick:
    Ruiz, in 2004, convened an extraordinary group, including George Coleman on saxophones, Leon Dorsey on bass and Grady Tate on drums. It’s a straight-ahead jazz session, the sort, that if one heard it on the radio, would make you wonder who it was. Per usual, Coleman, a giant saxophonist, plays lines that are filled with substitutions, cramming his solos with harmony. The recording itself is beyond fine, with every tap of Grady Tate’s drumming easily heard. And Ruiz’s playing, in this context, is perfectly idiomatic; the man could play the blues and swing. It’s a language that’s rapidly being forgotten, straight ahead swing, and Ruiz was a master. This is beauty in the form of music, highly intelligent, relaxed, verbal without being overwrought. It’s music that could only be made by adults. Highly Recommended. (Peter Watrous, DESCARGA.COM)