Cecil McBee: Unspoken
Trumpeter James Zollar and alto saxophonist Randall Connors create plenty of fire throughout. Connors’ forays bring the great James Spaulding to mind. In fact, the tunes and playing may remind you of some of the late 60’s Blue Note recordings that included Spaulding, Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones and, of course, Cecil McBee. Drummer Matt Wilson adds equal parts intensity and fun, at one point vocally encouraging the horn men to "tell ‘em about it!" The focus is on the tunes and the band. McBee lets his band mates shine on his excellent compositions. Unspoken is a satisfying statement from a true jazz legend and his talented sidemen.
Pantomime; Unspoken; Catfish; Sleeping Giant; Lucia; Inside Out; Slippin
Cecil McBee, bass; Randall Connors, alto sax; James Zollar, trumpet; David Berkman, piano; Matt Wilson, drums.
Record Label: Palmetto Records