|Posted by: adminon Thursday, October 05, 2006 - 11:00 PM
Drummer Louis Hayes' performing/recording days with Nat and Cannonball Adderley signifies a lineage here. Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder, this studio session benefits from a beefy analogue sound, witnessed during the days when LPs ruled the roost. Here, alto saxophonist Vincent Herring’s lyrically-rich choruses cast a radiant glow. As pianists, Anthony Wonsey and Rick Germanson alternate duties throughout. And Hayes is in top-form via his slashing accents and buoyant sense of swing. He primes the ensemble while dropping some bombs along the way.
The artists profess a zealous jazz vibe from start to finish. With Herring and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt’s darting lines and tight-knit unison choruses, the band zips through selections culled from the Adderley brothers' register of favorites. They fuse a samba pulse on “This Here,” where Pelt’s brash and brassy soloing generates chutzpah and momentum. In other spots, the band tempers the flow, especially on Pelt’s warm ballad – dedicated to Cannonball and Nat – titled “The Two Of Them.” In sum, the quintet transmits either a cool breeze or they come right at you with brazen and snappy hard-bop motifs. More than just a retro type mindset, the musicians contemporize a panoramic slice of a legendary jazz unit with power and finesse.
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This is one hip CD-- John H. Armwood