Christian Winther: Perspectives (2001)
"Perspectives" is his debut CD, released in 2001 on Curious Cat Records with a group of fine local musicians. There's some great energy in here, notably on the opening "Softly," the CD's peak, which is anything but soft and swings like mad, the bright and sassy "Four in One," and the second-line grooving on Geoff Keezer's rarely-covered "Proclamation." All supporting players are solid throughout, and pianist Torkanowky really wails on "Softly." Winther has a strong, warm, somewhat dark tone, and his lines are direct and uncluttered. He delivers "Body and Soul" in a straight, deliberate manner with no surprises. Up-tempo tunes seem to suit him better, like his own jaunty "Erin's Song." He also wrote the intriguing title track, which has an exotic, Middle-Eastern flavor, and a fine solo by trumpeter Gambrell. It's a promising debut, available at www.christianwinther.com .
Track Listing: Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, Four in One, Monkey Puzzle, Body and Soul, Proclamation, Magnolia Triangle, Erin's Song, Perspectives
Personnel: Christian Winther (tenor sax), Antonio Gambrell (trumpet), David Torkanowsky (piano), David Pulphus (bass), Troy Davis (drums), Tim Stambaugh (engineer)
Record Label: Curious Cat