Don't worry about the title, because drummer Jonathan Blake is very much with us – stepping out strongly in his Criss Cross debut as a leader! The set's got a unique approach – a quartet with no piano, just drums and bass – plus tenor and flute from Chris Potter, and tenor and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Seamus Blake & Chris Cheek —
Reeds Ramble ... CD Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2014. New Copy ...
No rambling here – as the reed players are very focused – both Chris Cheek on tenor and soprano sax, and Seamus Blake on his consistently well-blown tenor! The pair come together in ways that are very fresh for a twin-sax session of this nature – more woven together in spirit, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title's a bit obtuse, but it also really gets at the vibe of the record, too – a great progression of individualistic jazz – inspired by previous generations, but voiced in a really fresh way by this combo led by drummer Donald Edwards! The approach is more open and varied than ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great lineup, and a great sound throughout – really smoking through a batch of all original numbers by members of the quintet – which features Seamus Blake on tenor, Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, David Kikoski on piano, Boris Kozlov on bass, and Donald Edwards on drums! Most of these ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Saxophonist Justin Robinson serves up a tribute to bassist Dwayne Burno – in a set that wasn't originally intended that way, but which turned out to be Burno's last time in the studio! Dwayne passed away from kidney disease after the album was recorded – and hearing his wonderful work ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A smoker from reedman Tim Warfield – working here on both tenor and soprano sax, in a tight group that comes across with plenty of fire! The entire lineup here is great – and the quintet includes Nicholas Payton on trumpet, Cyrus Chestnut on piano, Rodney Whitaker on bass, and Clarence ... (Jazz) read moreCD