The Champs

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The Champs 51:19 $11.98
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1 Ginger Bread Boy [Ximo Tebar] 05:53 $1.49 Buy
2 But Not for Me [Ximo Tebar] 05:07 $1.49 Buy
3 Nica's Dream [Ximo Tebar] 09:00 44.1/16 Album only
4 Donna Lee [Ximo Tebar] 05:19 $1.49 Buy
5 You Don't Know What Love Is [Ximo Tebar] 07:33 44.1/16 Album only
6 St. Thomas [Ximo Tebar] 04:52 $1.49 Buy
7 Sugar [Ximo Tebar] 07:01 44.1/16 Album only
8 The Champ [Ximo Tebar] 06:34 $1.49 Buy

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This CD was recorded live in Barcelona in 1999. This date shows that Tebar has a Rat Packer's heart: He's almost too aware of his own coolness. But the CD also busts at the seams with killer displays of musicality from all concerned. Tebar's bebop-borne chops keep pace with DeFrancesco's thrust on the Hammond B3, but it's far from a screaming, gritty organ set. A classier vibe steams off this disc, with DeFrancesco (and Tebar, too) articulating notes in solos cleanly and smear-free without coming across as stiff.

"It's clear from the first track, a greasy version of Jimmy Heath's 'Ginger Bread Boy,' that this will be a straight ahead romp. This is the 11th CD for award-winning Spanish guitarist Ximo Tebar, an excellent player with a warm tone that (thankfully) bears no resemblance to the Hawaiian shirt school of electric guitar; in his notes, Benny Golson calls Tebar 'astounding.' He's creative and classy, using his powerful chops to further the music rather than his own ego; he's also a talented scatter (see especially 'Donna Lee'). DeFrancesco is in fine form ” less flamboyant here than he'd become ” and does credible Miles imitations on 'But Not For Me' and 'You Don't Know What Love Is.'There's a swinging 'Sugar' and a blazing closer, Dizzy's 'The Champ.' This is a good CD for dealing with the end of summer: though the leaves may fall, your spirits will rise." - All About Jazz