Bill Cunliffe/Gary Foster: It's About Love (2004)
Reed Kotler writes songs that sound like standards, in the mode of the tunes by Van Heusen/Kahn and Cole Porter, full of smooth-flowing rhythms behind lovely, memorable melodies that seem to cry out for lyrics. Gary Foster's sax stylings lean toward the cool end; Paul Desmond, of the classic Dave Brubeck quartet, comes to mind when he blows the alto horn. And Cunliffe's piano work has a true sparkle to it.
This was a session without the benifit of reheasal time, and arrangements were ad libbed in the studio, but the polish on top of the spontaneity here speaks volumes for the professionlism of the musicans. They created, in a quartet setting, a truly elegant sound. Almost every song has the feel of the romantic side of the Great American Songbook, with the closer, "Duck's Time," sounding like something updated from Charlie Parker.
Track Listing: At the End of the Day, I've Been Thinking of You Lately, Where Do I Go From Here?, Nine Steps, I Can't Forget, Spring is Near, Thank You Lord Amen, Song for Bill C., Cool Walk, Love is in the Air, Thoughts of You, Duck's Tune
Personnel: Gary Foster--tenor and alto saxophones; Bill Cunliffe--piano; Jeff D'Angelo--bass; Tim Pleasant--drums
Record Label: Torii Records