Rashied Ali Quintet: Judgment Day, Vol. Two (2007)
Pianist Greg Murphy's mood setting opener, "Skane's Refrain, begins as a Messenger-like anthem and then moves into a modal mood reminiscent of Trane's "Impressions, propelled by Joris Teepe's insistent walking bass and the leader's irrepressible drumming. In trumpeter Jumaane Smith and tenor man Lawrence Clark, Ali has found two unusually strong young horn players who meet the difficult demands of the music with admirable assurance. Each also proves to be a capable composerthe former with the multifarious "Yesterday (J-Man) Tomorrow and the latter on the Eastern-tinged title track. Teepe too shows off his writing chops with the enigmatically moody "Flight #643. But this is primarily a fine blowing date with intelligently composed charts built around Ali's uniquely cliché-free personal style.
Track Listing: Skane's Refrain; Lush Life; Thing for Joe; Judgment Day; Flight # 643; Round Midnight; Yesterday (J Man) Tomorrow; Multi-Culti.
Personnel: Rashied Ali: drums; Jumaane Smith: trumpet; Lawrence Clark: tenor saxophone; Greg Murphy: piano; Joris Teepe: bass.
Record Label: Survival Records