Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Doug Sertle Beautiful Friendship 2012

Originally issued in Sept. of 2012, Beautiful Friendship is the one that got away. Unfortunately an Independent critic can not review everything in a timely fashion and much like the Independent artist faces numerous obstacles in making their work known and hopefully accepted by the general public. Trombone veteran Doug Sertl is far from a newbie but the music business being what it is has found Sertl enjoying a great deal of success as an A list session player from the Bill Watrous school of trombone. 

Beautiful Friendship is a somewhat eclectic bass-less 4tet with B3 player Rick Montalbano picking up the slack to give the illusion of a bassist with an incredibly organic feel when joined by Peter Bernstein on guitar and Terry Clarke on drums. With the release covering seven tunes some could easily mistake this effort for what may be considered the more traditional EP but as with most things it is quality not quantity that should grab the attention of most listeners. From a sonic perspective alone the sound quality is that of a live studio recording. The tunes here are straight from the old school wheelhouse of the more straigh ahead and performed with an amazing panache by these veteran musicians. "Nancy (With The Laughing Face), "Groovin High"  and "The Nearness of You" highlight this virtuoso performance from Sertl and should be a welcome addition to the library of any old school or trombone fan.

Sertl has a musical resume that should be the envy of most performers having worked with such luminaries as Tony Bennett, Kenny Barron, and Freddie Hubbard to just scratch the surface. Critically acclaimed having received a 4.5 star write up from Down Beat in 1983 with a different project it would be safe to say Sertl has experienced exponential growth with Beautiful Friendship an all most perfect release. 

Not to be out done by Down Beat...

Tracks: Beautiful Friendship; I'm Getting Sentimental Over You; I Hear A Rhapsody; Nancy (With The Laughing Face); Groovin High; The Nearness Of You; Things Ain't What They Used To Be.

Personnel: Doug Sertl: trombone; Peter Bernstein: guitar; Rick Montalbano: B3 organ; Terry Clarke: drums.