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On This Day
Clint Hoover Trio
2007

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Song Name (Composer)
Time
1. Cheesecake (Dexter Gordon)
6:52
2. Blesette (Jean "Toots" Thielemans, Norman Gimbel)
10:18
3. Lament (J. J. Johnson)
9:54
4. Sister Sadie (Horace Silver)
7:12
5. Witch Hunt (Wanye Shorter)
10:25
6. Swingin' Shepherd Blues (Moe Koffman)
8:17
7. Joy Spring (Clifford Brown)
7:25
HARMONICA EDUCATOR

The Harmonica Educator
by Pat Missin
Spring 2008 issue

Minneapolis-based musician Clint Hoover has made more than his fair share of good CDs, the innovative acoustic jazz Dream of the Serpent Dog and the reinvented jug band blues of Take Your Time, Mr. Brown being two of the most notable. His latest CD is every bit as notable. On This Day sounds like he stepped back in time to the 1960’s and recorded an album for Blue Note Records. Even the cover art looks like it could have graced one of those timeless Blue Note LPs. A lovely selection of tunes from the likes of Dexter Gordon, Clifford Brown, and Wayne Shorter, all accompanied by some great bass and piano playing from Eric Graham and David Hupp. This set mostly showcases Clint’s beautiful chromatic playing -- I believe he plays a Super 64X. He has remarkable facility with the instrument, a lightness of touch that makes his playing effortless, although I’m sure that his flair for melodic improvisation comes as a result of a lot of hard work in the woodshed.

Clint also breaks out the diatonic for a rollicking version of Horace Silver’s Sister Sadie and shows that his over blow skills rank with the best of them. The record captures the atmosphere of the session perfectly and it feels as though you are right there with them in some dimly lit sixties jazz club - minus the smoke and the background chatter, of course!

This is a must-have album for any fan of jazz harmonica, or really any jazz fan. File it right alongside your Stanley Turrentine and Kenny Burrell albums ready for when you need an hour of bluesy jazz harmonica from one of the best players around.
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