Larry Willis: The Big Push (2006)
In choosing a trio for The Big Push, Willis selected drummer Al Foster, his old student partner from the High School of Music & Art in Manhattan, and the in-demand bassist Buster Williams. The tunes are a combination of a few sturdy standards, two originals and jazz standards. Beginning with an untempo version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic "The Surrey with The Fringe on Top," Willis and company find out what makes its wheels turn; his tribute to former employer Nat Adderley is a poignant "Poppa Nat." Buster Williams steps in frequently to provide fine support for Willis, notably on the ballads and mid-tempo tracks; Al Foster supplies just the right touch for the cookers as well as the tastefulness needed on the ballads.
Track Listing: The Surry With The Fringe On Top; Today's Night; The Day You Said Goodbye; Just Wait And See; Annika's Lullaby; I Have A Dream; Everything I Have Is Yours; The Big Push; Poppa Nat.
Personnel: Larry Willis: piano; Buster Williams: bass; Al Foster: drums.
Record Label: HighNote Records