Opening Night: The Tim Hagans Quintet at Birdland
It was inevitable that the last songs would be the strongest of the set, having been the first of a four-night engagement. Surely, what was exhibited suggests greater things to come. Hagans' approach to the trumpet combined a balanced, classic style with a spontaneity that treats his listeners to a satisfying experience. One wonders how this incredible quintet performance would have evolved on July 10 and 11, when drummer Bill Stewart was replaced by Billy Hart.