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Roy Haynes will turn 79 years young with the release of this new recording. Whatever his secret to the Fountain of Youth, that’s the most logical choice for the title of Mr. Hayne’s new CD on the Dreyfus label. Not only is he playing with the strength and enthusiasm of much younger musicians, he also brings to the set an overflowing data bank of euphonious rhythms. He's seen a prolific history of compliments, from Charlie Parker to John Coltrane to Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and the distinguished piano players he has backed reads like a Who's Who. This drummer’s name will always appear in numerous chapters of the book of jazz.
The choice of a live recording means you can hear the beauty of the connections between these virtuoso musicians. Roy Haynes has chosen to ensemble himself with a like-minded group at a relatively early stage (in jazz terms anyway) of their careers, with a hunger to succeed and progress quickly in their art.
Pianist Martin Bejerano is a wonderfully responsive player, a musical listener whose interaction with his colleagues is instinctive, thoughtful and thoroughly supportive. Saxophonist Marcus Strickland swings lightly while emphasizing a lyrical passion, and bassist John Sullivan keeps everything in place with his steady beat.
There are three Monk composition on this date. “Green Chimneys” is a solid dose of clear-eyed hard bop. Mr. Haynes keeps this performance kicking forward with harmonic freedom and trance-inducing rhythm.
Track Listing: 1. Greensleeves 2. Twinkle Trinkle 3. Summer Night 4. Ask Me Now
5. Butch And Butch 6. Inner Trust 7. Green Chimneys 8. Remember
9. Question & Answer
Personnel: Roy Haynes drums: Martin Bejerano piano; Marcus Strickland tenor and soprano
saxophone, bass clarinet; John Sullivan bass