1 November 2008
JOE BONNER - IMPRESSIONS OF COPENHAGN
Joe Bonner for Theresa from 1981.
Personnel: Joseph Bonner (piano, chimes), Eddie Shu (trumpet), Gary Olson (trombone), Holly Hoffman (flute), Carol Michalowski, Peggy Sullivan (violin), Carol Garrett (viola), Beverly Woolery (cello), Paul Warburton (bass),J. Thomas Tilton (drums).
Originally released by Theresa and reissued on CD by Evidence in 1992, this frequently exquisite set features the McCoy Tyner-inspired piano of Joe Bonner on four originals, Cal Massey's "Quiet Dawn," and (released for the first time on the CD) "Lush Life." Bonner and a rhythm section are joined by a string quartet, trumpet, trombone, and flutist Holly Hofmann (the leader provided the arrangements) for music that is both lyrical and often passionate. Bonner is an underrated talent, and this is one of his finest recordings.
- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide