Jay Hoggard – Rain Forest (1980)

Jay Hoggard - Rain Forest (1980)
Artist: Jay Hoggard
Album: Rain Forest
Genre: Post-Bop
Origin: USA
Released: 1980
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Reverend Libra (5:31)
Jammin’ In The Sunshine (6:07)
Sao Pablo (4:59)
God Will Guide (8:40)
The Guiding Spirit (7:29)
Rain Forest (5:39)


Jay Hoggard’s lone date for Contemporary (reissued as an OJC CD) was one of the vibraphonist’s finest early sets. The music (all six songs are Hoggard originals) falls into the area of advanced hard bop. Chief among the sidemen are Chico Freeman (heard on tenor, soprano and bass clarinet), keyboardist Kenny Kirkland, and colorful percussionist Paulinho Da Costa; two songs utilize three vocalists, and there is a strong African feel to some of the ensembles.
Review by Scott Yanow