The Bobby Gordon Quartet – Don’t Let It End (1992)

The Bobby Gordon Quartet - Don't Let It End (1992)
Artist: The Bobby Gordon Quartet
Album: Don’t Let It End
Genre: Mainstream Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 1992
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Someday Sweetheart (5:28)
Basin Street Blues (4:37)
Exactly Like You (6:31)
Squeeze Me (3:40)
Frankie And Johnny (3:19)
Muskrat Ramble (4:16)
Do You Ever Think Of Me (3:41)
Singing The Blues (5:44)
Love Nest (5:47)
If You Were Mine (5:12)
Limehouse Blues (2:57)
As Long As I Live (6:01)
(Back Home Again In) Indiana (6:48)
Emaline (3:51)
Don’t Let It End (5:33)


This CD is most significant for being the first recording in many years of jazz harpist Adele Girard. Featured in a quintet with leader/clarinetist Bobby Gordon, pianist Ray Sherman, bassist Morty Corb and drummer Gene Estes, Girard is on 12 of the 15 songs (the three other tunes are quartet features), and even though the tempos tend to be relaxed, she is still heard swinging hard. The setting is reminiscent of Girard’s work with her late husband, clarinetist Joe Marsala, and the harpist sounds wonderful on such numbers as “Someday Sweetheart,” “Exactly Like You,” “Muskrat Ramble,” “As Long as I Live” and “Emaline.” Unfortunately, this would be Adele Girard’s final recording, but her place in jazz history had already been secure decades earlier.
Review by Scott Yanow