Ryan Kisor Quintet: This is Ryan (2006)
The musicians Kisor has assembledGrant Stewart (tenor sax), Peter Zak (piano), John Webber (bass) and Jason Brown (drums)are all well versed in the hard bop and modal traditions, and the recording overall has the old-school feel of the great quintets of the '60s. As a support system Stewart, Zak, Webber and Brown all deliver, though at times I desired a more adventurous interaction between the members of the ensemble.
The standout track is the classic "You and the Night and the Music. Kisor takes the well-known melody and embellishes it, changing some notes in the head to give the tune a modal twist, and later takes a very exciting solo. "Con Alma also deserves recognition for the silky smooth interaction of the trumpet and tenor sax lines in the arrangement.
Track Listing: Waiting for Ernie; You and the Night and the Music; Una Mas; Maiden Lane; Dirty Ernie; Art Deco; Con Alma; Solitaire.
Personnel: Ryan Kisor: trumpet; Grant Stewart: tenor saxophone; Peter Zak: piano; John Webber: bass; Jason Brown: drums.
Record Label: Videoarts Music Inc.