John Surman: Brewster's Rooster (2009)
What is exciting and engaging on CD, however, really took off on the third night of the group's stay at New York City's Birdland in August, 2009. Opening with an unaccompanied solo on baritone, Surman and the band swiftly launched into "Hilltop Dancer," with Abercrombie staying with the leader on every step of the melodic line. DeJohnette propelled readings of "Kickback" and "Haywain" as Surman wrestled his solos to the ground with fast fingerings and circular breaths, while even soprano ballads like "Slanted Sky" featured pugilistic middle sections. Even these grizzled veteran musicians had to smile at their own creativity.
Track Listing: Slanted Sky; Hilltop Dancer; No Finesse; Kickback; Chelsea Bridge; Haywain; Counter Measures; Brewster's Rooster; Going for a Burton.
Personnel: John Surman: baritone and soprano saxophones; John Abercrombie: guitar; Drew Gress: double-bass; Jack DeJohnette: drums.
Record Label: ECM Records