The Mike Murley Quintet: Extra Time (2004)
The chemistry in the band becomes immediately apparent on "Creature of Habit." Murley and Restivo lock in conversation, setting the tone for Murley on tenor and a gently swinging journey that changes shape and course, a takeoff point for MacLeod, whose flugelhorn brings in a luminous resolution that is picked by Restivo, who then creates a wellspring of his own.
There is quite nothing quite like a deep, warm ballad to light a glow. Murley fills "Santiago Reflections" with intense feeling, his structure detailed and shorn of excessand with Jim Vivian on bass creating moments of subtle charm, this one makes a strong impact. The pulse perks up when they get "Extra Time" with Murley on the soprano. He is lithe and lean, a hint of New Orleans rising into the atmosphere, urged on by Ted Warren, and then the spell churned onward by Restivo, whose ministrations inject another dose of sparkle. Enjoy!
Track Listing: Creature of Habit; Santiago Reflections; Particularity; Good Lucknow; Extra Time; Open Segment; The Split 2
Personnel: Mike Murley--tenor and soprano saxophones; John MacLeod--flugelhorn and trumpet; Dave Restivo--piano; Jim Vivian--bass; Ted Warren--drums
Record Label: Cornerstone