The Rob Thorsen Quartet: Evolution (2003)
For Evolution, Mr. Thorsen has assembled a quartet of various musicians who elicit a variety of musical moods. The disc opens "Would You," a Thorsen original send-off which plays on "Woody’n You." Mike Wofford’s capable piano navigates the creative landscape, ensuring a steady swing. Thorsen follows that with the lilting Latin swing of "Besame Mucho," on which he bows the melody and solos. Harold Arlen’s "Let’s Fall in Love" has Harold Mason doing a Sonny Rollins tenor-Caribbean trip a la "St. Thomas." Wofford’s interlude solo is introspectively extroverted, as is the leader’s solo. Flautist Holly Hoffman takes Jobim’s "Mohave" to the bossa extreme again with Thorsen soloing effectively. Thorsen’s take on Monk’s "Evidence" is at once quirky and refined. Kamau Kenyetta plays the soprano saxophone, recalling Steve Lacy and his Monk fixation. Again Wofford’s piano is what shines, guided by Rob Thorsen’s perfect time.
Track Listing: Would You?; Besame Mucho; Let
Personnel: Mike Wofford
Record Label: Azica Records