Taking Chances Live At The Dakota

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Taking Chances Live At The Dakota 1:17:33 $11.98
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1 A Nick Off The Mark 07:37 44.1/16 Album only
2 Pegasus 08:54 44.1/16 Album only
3 Taking A Chance On Love 11:23 44.1/16 Album only
4 Jesus Loves Me 10:40 44.1/16 Album only
5 Blues For J.T. 11:14 44.1/16 Album only
6 Old Folks 08:20 44.1/16 Album only
7 Paper Trail 08:07 44.1/16 Album only
8 Shake It For Me 11:18 44.1/16 Album only

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Taking Chances combines a mixture of crafty originals and timeless standards. The release kicks off with a fiery intro by Dana Hall on Stafford's A Nick Off The Mark. This Afro-Cuban delight showcases Stafford's extraordinary range and control of the trumpet. Tim Warfield on soprano saxophone and pianist Bruce Barth also contribute engaging solos on this tune. Pegasus, written by Barth, is a bebop-oriented tune that displays the artistic range of the group. The pace slows for a lovely rendition of the ballad Taking A Chance On Love by Duke, Fetter and LaTouche. Warfield on soprano, Stafford on flugelhorn, Barth and Hodge all play exquisite solos. The group has a fresh take on the traditional Jesus Loves Me. The rhythm section vamps while Warfield and Stafford exchange phrases. This culminates when the melody is played in unison with great force. The group finds its groove with Blues For J.T., a funky original by Stafford, which he dedicates to his father. The ballad Old Folks by Hill and Robison showcases Stafford's fluid and lush playing on this standard. Paper Trail by Dana Hall bounces with great energy. Warfield displays why he is one of the great tenor players today. Stafford and Hall build off each other throughout the song with their hard bop phrasing. The evening comes to a close with a bang on Warfield's hip composition Shake It For Me.

"[His] hard work and unassuming approach pays off on TAKING CHANCES, a testament to Stafford's prowess as an instrumentalist, bandleader and composer. 4 stars out of 5." - Down Beat