In Heaven

In Heaven
In Heaven

Joel Forrester & People Like Us

Joel Forrester, Piano; Claire Daly, baritone sax; Dave Hofstra, bass; Denis Charles, drums

People Like Us demonstrates the advantages of a working band.  In addition to bringing a yearning quality to those compositions on which a yearning quality is called for (“Think…Pretty,” for example, or “The Road Ahead”), Claire Daly’s baritone contributes to the comic bustle of Forrester’s uptempo compositions, most notably the brief “Make Mine Music” (heard here, incidentally, without the group vocal Forrester describes in his own notes).  Forrester’s lazy blues “Hofstra Goes to Heaven” is names for the group’s bassist, and justifiably so – right up to and including the climactic bass solo, the track is a wonderful illustration of Hofstra’s ability to propel a band without force-feeding chords or rushing the tempo. In Denis Charles, Forrester enjoys the company of a drummer on the same wavelength.

– From the album liner notes by Francis Davis


Track List:
Straight Ahead
Hofstra Goes to Heaven
The Road Ahead
Look to You
Make Mine Music
The Baker Bounce
When I Was in Heaven

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