David Bixler: Call It A Good Deal (2006)
It was during this time that Bixler began playing (and recording) with trumpeter Scott Wendholt, guitarist John Hart and drummer Andy Watson. His first album, Lost in Queens, appeared in 2000 and the followup, Show Me the Justice, was released in 2003. Call It A Good Deal has been released by the Zoho label, which covers music from the downtown New York jazz scene.
These eight tunes are all original Bixler compositions that vary in tempo but all seem to have just a hint of the edgy Zoho sound. The highlights of the album are Scott Wendholt's clear trumpet solos and the work of guitarist John Hart. On "Scratch and Sniff The Jive," Hart uncharacteristically begins with a thrash rock statement and then, during his solo, he discovers his "inner Hendrix." The last three tracks provide the best moments on the album. On the aforementioned "Scratch and Sniff The Jive," Bixler uncorks his best solo of the session, and the ballad "He Cries Every Day" finds Bixler, Wendholt and Hart showing their best combined effort.
Track Listing: Aiding And Abetting; Unraveled; Game Face; Gemerlie; Scratch and Sniff The Jive; He Cries Every Day; Good Deal.
Personnel: David Bixler: alto saxophone; Scott Wendholt: trumpet; John Hart: guitar; Ugonna Ugekwo: bass; Andy Watson: drums.
Record Label: Zoho Music