reading of the tune on Standard Coltrane (Prestige, 1962). Patneaude the composer provides compelling settings for the quartet. His harmonic progressions suggest a moving forward, a seeking (not unlike some Coltrane compositions). He favors swirling bop-derived themes and a variety in time signatures, all of which keeps things interesting.
The pace on All Around Us largely varies between mid-tempo and just-this-side-of frenetic, a function of the slightly unsettled compositions and drummer Danny Whelchel's alert, ahead-of-the-beat style. The manic main theme of "Double Trio" is a well-executed example of the hard-driving aspect of the set, as are "Aimless Antithesis" and "Blucocele" whereas "Orb" marks the more contemplative end of the spectrum here.
merits most valuable player honors among the musicians assembled by Patneaude: he is a tireless font of ideas and creativity, thoughtful but not discursive in his solos (each of which is excellent) and ably supportive in the ensemble passages and underneath Patneaude's solos. He has a firm handle on both dimensions of the Herbie Hancock