Miles Osland: An Old Speckled Hen At Snapes Malting
On tenor, especially on "Chelsea Bridge," Osland evokes Ben Webster with an expressive lyrical charm and a deep resonant tone. On alto, such as on the title track, he uses the brighter timbre to infuse a spirited, blues-based charm. The leader adds variety to the session with soprano for Anschell's "One More Mile" and flute for "Jazz At The Cliff." As the quartet performs pianist Bill Evans' "Peri's Scope," more time is dedicated to Anschell's keyboard style, which features a powerful, deliberate left hand and rapid, seamless right hand. Starkey takes an energetic bass solo on "Coffee In the Crypt" ("The Crypt" is a coffee shop) and drummer Williams trades fours on "Jazz At The Cliff" ("The Cliff" is a nightclub).
As all responsible teachers would like to do, Osland introduces one of his students on this recording. Bryan Murray performs two brief solo tenor saxophone pieces, "Hillside Dr." and "Reflections," with impeccable range control and an ideal tone. (You can get more information about this new release from Miles Osland's web site athttp://www.saxophone.org/miles/miles.html or from the record label at Open Loop Records, P.O. Box 206, Medfield, Massachusetts 02052.
Track Listing: Red Reflections; Interlude #1; One More Mile; Chelsea Bridge; English Suite: I. An Old Speckled Hen At Snapes Malting; II. Coffee In The Crypt; Interlude #2; III. Jazz At The Cliff; Solo Saxophone #1 (Hillside Dr.); One For Wayne; Interlude #3; Peri's Scope; Interlude #4; Watch Your Step; Solo Saxophone #2.
Record Label: Open Loop