Jerome Sabbagh: One Two Three (2008)
Sabbagh has bassist Ben Street and drummer Rodney Green as his rhythm section and they for the most part stay out of his way, leaving room for the leader's creative improvisational ability. Far from growing tiresome, the tenor engages as the session progresses. Most enjoyable are the delightfully quirky translations of Monk's "Work" and "Boo Boo's Birthday". Bill Evans' beautiful "Turn Out the Stars" has the gorgeous melody intact and Sabbagh takes it to stimulating places. A wonderfully swinging version of Bud Powell's "Monopoly" and a sentimental take on Billy Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge" close out the CD, the latter containing brilliantly understated drum and bass work. Sabbagh's first two releases presented him with his working quartet in very different clime. The lack of guitar in this setting, which is exquisitely under-produced, combined with the song choices, shows just how lyrical a player Sabbagh can be.
Track Listing: Conception; Work; Body and Soul; Just in Time; Turn Out the Stars; Boo Boo's Birthday; Tea for Two; Monopoly; Chelsea Bridge.
Personnel: Jerome Sabbagh: saxophone; Ben Street: bass; Rodney Green: drums.
Record Label: Bee Jazz
Style: Modern Jazz