Andrew Rathbun: Sculptures (2002)
This time out, on Sculptures , Rathbun offers up jazz straight through, quintet mode, sax and trumpet front line, going with the accoustic piano instead of Fender rhodes.
An initial listen brings early sixties Miles Davis to mind Nefertit or E.S.P.. A thoughtful, dense set of songs, featuringin addition to Rathbun's assured tenor sax worksome elastic lines from trumpeter/flugelhornist Kenny Wheeler, and the solid but flexible rhythm of Frank Carlsberg on bass; John Hebert, piano; and Jeff Hirsfield doing the bass chores.
The music's compelling features are the overall musicianship and the twists and turns afforded by the multiple(twenty-one cuts)compositions, and the the intricate two horn interplay.
Wheeler is top notch here, as always, his sound rolling from the full round brass tone of his flugelhorn to the stretched tight, whiney, Wallace Roney-like trumpet lines.
An understated yet complex set of songs, repeated listenings revealing different shadings and nuances. Of special interest to fans of very early sixties Miles Davis.
Track Listing: Sculptures 1, Nameless, Your Eyes Changed Us, Architect, et al...
Personnel: Andrew Rathbun, tenor sax; Kenny Wheeler, trumpet and flugelhorn; Frank Carlsberg, bass; John Hebert, piano; Jeff Hirshfield, drums.
Record Label: Blue Moon