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Jazz Musicians Günther Fischer & Tom O'Hare.

Tom O Hare's previous collaboration with Günther Fischer, This One's For Milt Jackson (Poppy 101), was, self-evidently, a tribute to the Modern Jazz Quartet's great vibist. This new CD was recorded just before the death of that group's pianist and leader John Lewis, and it is appropriately dedicated to his memory. Pianist Paul O'Donnell and drummer Greg McCarthy grace proceedings as they did that previous session, but also on this occasion drummer Niall Marron plays on six tracks. The bassist is Michael Hauser, with whom O'Hare and Fischer are already working on a new project to be recorded in Fischer's new studio.

Tom O'Hare has been a devotee of the Modern Jazz Quartet ever since the age of six, when he first heard Odds Against Tomorrow, No Sun In Venice and the European Concert. He originally trained as a classical pianist and he still teaches the instrument at Kinsale Community School. And while he later switched to vibes, piano jazz has remained an abiding passion for him: Wynton Kelly being his favourite practioner. As a vibist, O'Hare's debt to Jackson is obvious, but his sound and touch are strongly personal; moreover, he has a feel for a melodic line while cooking fiercely.

Michael Hauser lives with his wife and two daughters in Dresden. He studied classical as well as acoustic bass in Hamburg, going on to record with the Thomas Himmel Quartet, Jonas Schön, Human Elements and Svevende. Since 1994 he has been working regularly with classical orchestras and ensembles in Gotha, Berlin and Dresden, where he teaches bass at the University's Jazz Department. He has also taught at workshops at the Montreux Jazz Festival, universities in Los Angeles and elsewhere. Fischer and Hauser have been working together since 1996 and their new tie-up with O'Hare presages exciting developments.


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