Ernie Watts: To The Point - Live at the Jazz Bakery (2009)
The opener is Tadd Dameron's "Hot House," easing in with a lengthy Watts solo. It's a full-voiced and lyrical passage, with Watts as Pied Piper running heated up-and-down flurries with throwaway ease. Only a master can toss off a performance like this and he does it again with "Nightscape," a Jon Mayer tune, on which Watts' smoky mood is complimented by David Witham's spare, evocative piano.
The title tune could serve as a summing up of what Watts has called his relationship to jazz. Here Team Watts is of a piece, a finely wrought assemblage of musical clockwork, Watts' flying delivery serving as the galvanizing point from which all the others flow seamlessly. The comments Watts makes between numbers are engaging and, like the music, to the point.
Track Listing: Hot House; Season of Change; For Michael; To The Point; Road Shoes; Nightscape; Reaching Up.
Personnel: Ernie Watts: tenor saxophone; David Witham: piano; Bruce Lett: bass; Bob Leatherbarrow: drums.
Record Label: Flying Dolphin Records