Ken Hatfield: Phoenix Rising (2003)
The title track, a bright samba, finds the leader throwing in a quote from "Passion Dance" - surely a noteworthy instance of peace between Hatfields and McCoys (sorry, someone had to say it). Following the reflective ballad "Tableau du Souvenir", Drewes makes his first appearance on a colorful jazz waltz titled "The Aleph" (curiously, Adam Rogers has a piece by the same name). Drewes returns for a Getz-like tenor performance on the bossa "For Jeanette", while Roditi makes his entrance on "Meroë", a moderate samba with a positively glimmering outro vamp. Roditi's second feature, the brisk 6/8 "Iberia", involves a smidgen of multi-tracking and a clever shift to swing time during the trumpet solo. Salvador shines on the straight mid-tempo bop of "Yo Es" and the hip, ambitious "Combray", memorable for its snarling bass line. Hatfield offers trio pieces as well - first the minor-key waltz "Retroflexion" and then the closing "Riff for Brother Jack", a parting nod to the spirit of organ jazz and a glimpse of the guitarist's bluesier, more aggressive side.
Track Listing: Phoenix Rising, Tableau du souvenir, The Aleph, Meroe, Retroflexion, Yo Es, Iberia, For Jeanette, Combray, Riff for Brother Jack
Personnel: Ken Hatfield, guitar; Hans Glawischnig, bass; Duduka da Fonseca, drums; Claudio Roditi, trumpet/flegelhorn; Dom Salvador, piano; Billy Drewes, Tenor sax
Record Label: Arthur Circle Music