A title and cover that beautifully illustrate the sharp-edged power of the Thelonious Monk quartet on Columbia – and a wonderful place to start if you're just digging Thelonious' music! The record is similar to the best of Monk's Columbia sides – in that it revisits older tunes and themes from previous years, but in a way that's often much better than the original recordings – thanks to some incredible energy between group members Charlie Rouse on tenor, John Ore on bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums! Rouse's sharp horn is easily a real bnous here – as it dances beautifully with Monk's piano lines and creates a magical sense of juxtaposition and fluidity, but is still nicely earthy and soulful as well! Titles include "CrissCross", "Think Of One", "Eronel", "Hackensack", "Rhythm-a-Ning", and "Crepuscule With Nellie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label Columbia Limited Edition pressing.)
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Wycliffe Gordon & The Garden City Gospel Choir —
In The Cross ... CD CrissCross (Holland), 2003/2004. Used ...
A great date that also features Woody Shaw on trumpet – Kenny Garrett's first set as a leader on alto, with tight rhythm from Mulgrew Miller on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and Tony Reedus on drums! Titles include "Reedus Dance", "Oriental Tow Away Zone", "For Openers", and "Silent Prayer". CD
Conrad Herwig really has a way of making other players cook – a special sort of something that comes through in both his rich vision for the music, and his strong inspiration as a soloist too! This album's key testament to that quality in Herwig's music – as it has all players sounding really a cut above – and soaring with Conrad's trombone in a marvelous batch of original tunes with a really fresh feel! The rhythm section grooves right from the start – often with some modal energy at its core, giving the record the feel of some lost European jazz set from the 70s at points – yet definitely holding onto its own spirit amidst all of Herwig's original compositions. Piano from Orrin Evans is a key part of the album's success – but the set also features great work from Ralph Bowen on tenor, Kenny Davis on bass, Donald Edwards on drums, and Herwig himself on trombone. Titles include "Traceless Moon", "The Sun Within", "Morning Shade", "Thorn Witness", "Free Action Reaction", and "The Voice Through The Door". CD
David Kikoski —
Kayemode ... CD CrissCross (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ...
Pianist David Kikoski has added his talents to many great groups over the years – but the man himself always seems completely on fire when he's out front on his own – as on this wonderful trio set with Joe Martin on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums! Kikoski still has that way of building waves of sound that can be so important to horn player – but he also has an incredibly deft command of the keyboard at so many different levels during his solos on the set – bold one minute, modern the next, and often with an inherent lyricism that holds the whole thing together beautifully! Dave's sense of tone is crisp and clear – as the notes ring out strongly alongside each other – but he always seems to be working with a larger overall vision, even when wrapped up in the heat of a solo. The set features original tracks "Morning Glory", "Binge Watching", "Switching Roles", and "Blues For Gerry" – plus versions of Chick Corea's "Mirror Mirror" and the Pat Metheny tune "H & H". CD
Ryan Kisor —
Dream ... CD CrissCross (Netherlands), 2001. Used ...
With Peter Zak on piano, John Webber on bass, and Willie Jones III on drums – plus some guest tenor work from Eric Alexander! CD
Mike Moreno —
3 For 3 ... CD CrissCross (Holland), 2017. New Copy ...
Great tones from guitarist Mike Moreno – a player who sounds even more chromatic here than we remember from previous records – working in a nicely loose trio that features Doug Weiss on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums! The record's got a nicely individual vibe – and it's clear that Moreno's really grown a lot over the years – really finding a nice sort of energy with Weiss and Scott, whose work here allows a certain sort of flexibility, but without ever resorting to some of the too-atmospheric modes of a certain side of the guitar jazz spectrum. Moreno takes on some compelling material here – songs by Milton Nascimento, Radiohead, and Michel Legrand – in addition to more familiar jazz numbers – and titles include "The Big Push", "Clube Da Esquina", "Time For Love", "Perhaps", "You Must Believe In Spring", and "Glass Eyes". CD
Jim Rotondi —
Move ... CD CrissCross (Netherlands), 2010. Used ...
Jim Rotondi blows with that great round sound we love so much in his horn – a bold, confident tone that only seems to get better with age, especially in the company of a group like this! The album features a core rhythm section that Jim's plenty comfortable with – David Hazeltine on piano, John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – and is rounded out to a sextet with the presence of Ralph Bowen on tenor and Mike DiRubbo on alto, both tight horn players whose formations with Rotondi really help to give the album a strong, solid form! Titles include "Progress", "Julie Ann", "The Coat", "For Cedar", "The Look Of Love", "DH", and "Too Late Now". CD
We've loved the music of trumpeter Alex Sipiagin for quite some time – but there's really something special going on here – a slightly different vibe that makes the record stand out from the rest of the pack! First off, the album features all original compositions – songs that seem to work together as a larger suite, yet still stand strongly on their own – allowing the players to soar out with a fantastic sense of individuality, while still holding together as a unit. Secondly, there's a sweet electric current that comes from the use of Prophet 6 by John Escreet – who also plays acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes. The Prophet's never used in a way that's too overdone – just these light waves of spacey sound that are balanced out by the raw power of the horns – Sipiagin's work on trumpet, the tenor of Chris Potter, and alto and soprano of Will Vinson – a fantastic frontline that really blows us away. Most tracks are long, and have lots of room for solo space from everyone – and the group also features Matt Brewer on bass and Eric Harland on drums. Alina Engibaryan sings on two tracks – "Moments From The Past" and "Breeze" – and other titles include "Evija Bridge", "Unexpected Reversal", and "Bergen Road". CD
A Sentimental Journey from sax player Tim Warfield – taking on classic jazz and standards for moody, dynamic and wholly involving album! The title of course comes from the classic tune, sung by Doris Day in it's earliest hit incarnation, given a warm, weary and wonderful reading by Warfield and his crack quartet – who work similar magic on "I'll Be Seeing You", "My Man", "Crazy Rhythm", "In A Sentimental Mood", "Hear's That Rainy Day" and more. Player s include Terell Stafford on trumpet & flugelhorn, Pat Bianchi on B3 and Byron Landham on drums. CD
Wycliffe Gordon —
Dig This!! ... CD CrissCross (Holland), 2002. Used ...
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Slide Hampton —
Roots ... CD CrissCross (Holland), 1985. Used ...
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An overlooked killer from Slide Hampton – an 80s date with long tracks and plenty of soul – and one of Hampton's few small combo sets of the time! The lineup is impeccable – with Clifford Jordan on tenor, Cedar Walton on piano, David Williams on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. Titles include "Roots", "Maple Street", "Solar", and "Precipice". CD
Steve Nelson Quartet —
Communications ... CD CrissCross (Holland), 1990. Used ...
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(Out of print. Small punch through booklet, disc has a small promo sticker.)
An excellent twin-brass album in the frontline – one that pairs the talents of trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and trumpeter Terrell Stafford – both of whom really hit a great groove together! The album's got that great mix of modern and soulful modes we always love in a session led by Gordon – and the rhythm section's got just the right mix of tightness and stripped-down feeling – with Mike LeDonne on piano, David Wong on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums. Titles include "Arabia", "Tricotism", "Cheeeky", "West Coast Blues", "Cousins", and "Le Marieur". CD
Jim Rotondi —
Iron Man ... CD CrissCross (Netherlands), 2006. Used ...
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