The Keith Javors Quartet: From Here to the Street (2000)
Javors is ably reinforced by bassist Lou Smoltz and drummer Alex Brooks and escorted on all but two selections by alto saxophonist Dane Bays whose nimble phrasings call to mind such other contemporary hard-boppers as Antonio Hart, Kenny Garrett, Vincent Herring and Bobby Watson. Javors, Smoltz and Brooks make it a trio on the fast-paced “Mulgrew Said” and toe-tapping “I’m Not Judas.”
As is true of most albums made up entirely of original songs, there’s nothing here that one is likely to hum afterward. On the other hand, Javors’ compositions are invariably well-framed with enough depth and variation to hold one’s interest, as are his robust improvisations. An admirable studio date by an unknown but accomplished foursome, marred only by its penurious 45:16 playing time.
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Track Listing: Zach; Mulgrew Said; Sevens; February
Personnel: Keith Javors, piano; Dane Bays, alto saxophone (except 2, 6); Lou Smoltz, bass; Alex Brooks, drums.
Record Label: KJM