The David Finck Quartet: Future Day (2008)
The inclusion of vibraphonist Joe Locke, pianist Tom Ranier and ex-Bill Evans drummer Joe La Barbera, plus trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and tenor saxophonist Bob Sheppard guesting on two tracks, is an invitation for some good jazz.
Locke, who has provided a clear link to the late Milt Jackson's heritage over the past decade, is the key melodist, and his playing is as sparkling as usual, whether it be the Lewis/Coots standard "For All We Know" or his own "Appointment in Orvieto." Ranier, overlooked as a composer and pianist for far too long, is also well represented here.
The album opens with Rainer's bluesy "I Know." La Barbera is given a brief opportunity to show his mastery of the drum set on Cedar Walton's "Firm Roots," a tune which has been placed in the dustbin a bit too early. Pelt and Sheppard provide a nice change in coloration on "Four Flags" and "Black Eyes."
The constant groove and musicality established by Finck and his quartet make Future Day an enjoyable debut.
Track Listing: I Know; New Valley; Nature Boy; Four Flags; Ballad for a Future Day; Black Eyes; Look at You; For All We Know; If Not for You; Appointment in Orvieto; Transparency; Firm Roots.
Personnel: David Finck: bass; Joe Locke: vibes; Tim Ranier: piano; Joe La Barbera: drums; Bob Sheppard: tenor saxophone (4, 6); Jeremy Pelt: trumpet (4, 6).
Record Label: Soundbrush Records