Michael Melito Quartet: 'Bout Time! (2001)
I really liked Grant Stewart's tenor playing, with its rich tone and blessed lack of squawking (listen to him on "My Ideal" for some ideal ballad playing). Paul Hofmann's piano is fluid, versatile, and reliably interesting, and bassist Paul Gill, who's worked with Turrentine and Golson, Hendricks and Harrell, has great time and intonation. Joe Magnarelli brings his fine flugelhorn to the closer, Cedar Walton's "Bolivia," recorded three years earlier and a highlight here. All told, a highly enjoyable collecftion of the real deal: no fuss, no phonies, no grandstanding from the leader at the expense of the group. Very nice stuff.
Track Listing: Happy Times, Nobody Else But Me, Minor Move, My Ideal, Jack Be Nimble, The Way I Feel, Bella Carolina, The Closer, The Closer alternate take, Bolivia
Personnel: Michael Melito (drums), Paul Hofmann (piano), Paul Gill (bass), Grant Stewart (tenor sax), Joe Magnarelli (flugelhorn)
Record Label: MHR Records