Clifton Anderson: Decade (2009)
The standards are just as much fun. Anderson's improvised muted introduction to "I'm Old Fashioned" is backed solely by Foster, taking this old warhorse for a spirited ride in a driving bop setting. Anderson also uses a mute for "We'll Be Together Again," with Scott as his only partner, taking the song away from its typical bittersweet flavor and adding a touch of whimsy. He transforms the '70s pop song "If" into a slightly breezy hard bop setting, with his expressive solo complemented by Scott, McBride and Jordan. Hopefully it will not be another decade before Clifton Anderson releases his next CD.
Track Listing: Noble; So Wrong about You; I'm Old Fashioned; Z; I'm Glad There is You; Deja-Blu; If; Aah Soon Come; We'll Be Together Again; Stubbs.
Personnel: Clifton Anderson: trombone; Larry Willis: piano; Stephen Scott: piano; Bob Cranshaw: bass; Christian McBride: bass; Al Foster: drums; Steve Jordan: drums; Kenny Garrett: alto sax; Eric Wyatt: tenor sax; Kimati Dinizulu: percussion.
Record Label: Doxy Records