April 13, 1990 at 04:00 AM EDT

Overview

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jay Hoggard
Producers
Muse
We gave it a B

Jay Hoggard, a vibraphonist who was associated with new music (including Cecil ! Taylor) in the ’70s, as well as some disastrous fusion, reveals new maturity as the leader of a conventional quartet with Allen, bassist Ed Rozie, and the dynamic drummer Freddie Waits (who died after Overview was recorded). Hoggard pays homage to Milt Jackson and Cal Tjader, turns an unlikely song from Bye Bye Birdie (”Put on a Happy Face”) into a signature ballad with a relaxed legato groove, and proves himself a persuasive composer with ”Overview” and ”Convergence.” The album’s spice is the contrast between Allen’s oblique, peppery attack and Hoggard’s poised lyricism. B

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