and others. Nonetheless, the musicians swing hard and enact a few classic jazz type blowing fests. And they occasionally zoom into the free-zone during some heated improvisational segments. Otherwise, Wilson's arrangements are not constructed on longwinded jam sessions. He keeps matters on the upside via concise and often hard-hitting statements amid a multifarious trajectory, streaming with groove-based opuses and harmonious storylines.
group saxophonist Charlie Rouse's "Pumpkin's Delight," is given a '60s style Blue Note Records type aura, as Wilson executes a bristling Latin jazz pulse in support of the frontline horns section, who in turn, lay behind the beat. This piece resides somewhere between classic Horace Silver
, articulate the primary theme then launch into a sonic aerial assault, tempered and re-energized by Medeski's spirited and somewhat animated voicings. Moreover, Wilson stretches out and adds icing to the cake with a poetically designed polyrhythmic solo spot, leading the band to closeout. Essentially, variety is a huge factor on this thoroughly hip and attractive program.
Personnel: Jeff Lederer: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet; Kirk
Knuffke: cornet; Chris Lightcap: bass; Matt Wilson: drums; John