Once again, drummer Ralph Peterson pays fine homage to Art Blakey’s tradition of joyous, hard-edged bashing jazz.
It is enormous fun to hear how this group of veterans try to think in new ways — as they do throughout this engaging release.
Vince Mendoza’s colorful arrangements give us a welcome new way to appreciate Fred Hersch’s impressive creativity — his amply satisfying accomplishments as a composer.
A landmark concert from 1992 is a chance to rediscover Betty Carter’s greatness, to appreciate again how this artist was special to the very essence of her soul.
“Forgiveness is the key and love is the answer… Have a good Jazz Fest, but also have a good life.”
Amid the continual flood of new jazz releases, this anniversary bash is one to be savored.
I did want to use this CD as a springboard to engage with the question of how using material of a certain age tends to pre-select — and limit — listenership.
Despite the fact that clarinet (and occasional sax) player Pee Wee Russell was one of the most distinctive voices in jazz history, his name remains unknown outside of infra jazz circles.
This album does an excellent job of recapturing some of the glory of the original Miles Davis recordings.
Far more people would recognize Chet Baker’s name than Jack Sheldon’s — and that is unfortunate.