Sunday at Iridium

COMPOSERS: Bob Dorough
LABELS: Arbors
WORKS: Sunday at Iridium
PERFORMER: Bob Dorough
CATALOGUE NO: ARCD 19305

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Sunday jazz brunch in New York City usually means vocalists in a warm, relaxed setting, and that’s what you get with veteran singer/songwriter/pianist Bob Dorough, recorded live at Iridium. Countless American children were exposed to his voice every Saturday morning on the TV programme Schoolhouse Rock and fondly remember his gospel-tinged multiplication anthem ‘Three is a Magic Number’.

With this and other clever originals, along with a few favourite standards for good measure, Dorough likes to dive into his material with barely an intro, delivering lyrics and between-song banter in raspy tones that mirror his punchy, galvanic piano style.

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Dorough’s suave and steady rhythm section anchors him (listen to drummer Ed Ornowski’s debonair brushwork), while trumpeter Joe Wilder and singer/pianist Daryl Sherman make elegant guest appearances. Too bad the disc doesn’t come with eggs Benedict and coffee refills!