Consenting Adults seems like an apt title for this date as its material and performance values suggest a maturity level beyond the norm. Take the opening “Belief,” which starts out with some Charleston off beats before leading into a Messengers-type shuffle. It’s a tricky line that doesn’t even seem to raise an eyelash. The same goes for a blistering take of “From This Moment On,” its tempo nailed down with quartz-like precision by Leon Parker. Among many attractive arrangements, Wayne Shorter’s “Limbo” is so reworked as to the point of almost being an entirely new piece.
Can too much be spoken and written about Mark Turner? He plays with such warmth and authority and that comes through most noticeably here on a hushed piano and tenor reading of Horace Silvers’ “Peace.” Drummer Leon Parker, like Turner, is also very much his own man. In fact, this would be a much different record had someone else been in the drum chair; not necessarily a better record, just a different one. Parker’s very dry cymbal beat and minimalist drum kit contributes to his idiosyncratic approach.
Sometimes “better late than never” really fits the bill and in the case of Consenting Adults we might add that “good things come to those who wait.”
Track Listing: Belief, Little Melonae I, Phantasm, Afterglow, Limbo, Consenting Adults, From This Moment On, Peace, Little Melonae II (65:03)
Personnel: Brad Mehldau- piano, Mark Turner- tenor saxophone, Peter Bernstein- guitar, Larry Grenadier- bass, Leon Parker- drums
Record Label: Criss Cross
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