Roy Haynes: Fountain of Youth (2004)
The choice of a live recording means you can hear the beauty of the connections between these virtuoso musicians. Roy Haynes has chosen to ensemble himself with a like-minded group at a relatively early stage (in jazz terms anyway) of their careers, with a hunger to succeed and progress quickly in their art.
Pianist Martin Bejerano is a wonderfully responsive player, a musical listener whose interaction with his colleagues is instinctive, thoughtful and thoroughly supportive. Saxophonist Marcus Strickland swings lightly while emphasizing a lyrical passion, and bassist John Sullivan keeps everything in place with his steady beat.
There are three Monk composition on this date. “Green Chimneys” is a solid dose of clear-eyed hard bop. Mr. Haynes keeps this performance kicking forward with harmonic freedom and trance-inducing rhythm.
Track Listing: 1. Greensleeves 2. Twinkle Trinkle 3. Summer Night 4. Ask Me Now 5. Butch And Butch 6. Inner Trust 7. Green Chimneys 8. Remember 9. Question & Answer
Personnel: Roy Haynes drums: Martin Bejerano piano; Marcus Strickland tenor and soprano saxophone, bass clarinet; John Sullivan bass
Record Label: Dreyfus Records