Brent Jensen/Rob Walker Quintet: Art of the Groove (2004)
1958 through 1962 were pinnacle years for Miles Davis, his greatest work— Milestones , Kind of Blue , '58 Sessions , Someday My Prince Will Come , Seven Steps to Heaven —and it's great to hear a top notch group revisit the sound on Walker's opener and "Dewey's Steps," and on the classics "It Could Happen to You" and "You Go To My Head"; and its great to hear them tip their hats to Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, too, on "Art of the Groove," with a sound that harkens to the days when the late Lee Morgan had the trumpeter's chair there.
New Stories—pianist Marc Seales, bassman Doug Miller, and drummer John Bishop, a Grammy-nominated crew—shine here: elastic accompanists, a time suspension feeling with a bounce, sort of their own personalized take on what the Davis bands were doing in the late fifties, early sixties, with Seales creating small moments of delicate and breathtaking Bill Evans-like beauty at times that—if your focus is on the horns—you might miss, during that first listen or two. If that's the case, listen three or four times, at least.
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Track Listing: Straight From Miles, It Could Happen to You, Art of the Groove, Evan's Pen, Danza Callejera, You Go to My Head, Dewey's Steps, Anne Rose, Later
Personnel: Brent Jensen--alto saxophone; Rob Walker--flugelhorn; Marc Seales--piano; Doug Miller--bass; John Bishop--drums