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Full Review --LOVE NOTES 
 SEMJA Update, November 1997
(Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association)
Recent Recordings By Area Musicians
By Piotr Michalowski
 Whenever there is talk of the Detroit piano tradition, the name of Bess Bonnier is mentioned alongside those of Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Hank Jones and the other splendid modern jazz pianists from the Motor City. Detroiters appreciate her talent well, but others have known her mainly by reputation. She has released some good long playing records on her own label, but many of her fans no longer own a turntable. Bonnier has been present on compact discs by Jack Brokensha and others, but lovers of her playing have long been waiting for one under her own name.

Love Notes (Noteworks Records) was well worth the wait. For this session Bonnier teamed up with bassist Paul Keller, who brought along his teammates Cary Kocher on vibraphone, and Pete Siers on drums. He also contributed many of the arrangements and co-produced the whole affair. Ms Bonnier returned the favor by composing "All of Paul," a fine tribute that features the strong playing of the Ann Arbor bassist.

This is a well programmed CD with flawless playing by all concerned, a tremendous variety of tunes, including standards such as "All the Things You Are" and originals by the leader. Her unaccompanied, delicate rendition of "Spring is Here" contrasts nicely with the strong ensemble swing on Clifford Brown's classic "Joy Spring," which is cleverly arranged with solos borrowed from another bop classic, "Confirmation." This is a fine set from a group of master musicians at the top of their form.


Reprinted from SEMJA Update

 
Full Reviews of LOVE NOTES: Related:
 Detroit Jazz Magazine - Nov 97
 SEMJA Update - Nov 97
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