Brandon Wright: Boiling Point (2010)
The whole range of the tenor is here and Wright's horn can be both smoky and smoke. The opening "Free Man" and title cut are bop vehicles that have broad rhythmic soundscape,s on which Wright swings and wails, showing who's boss. Trumpeter Alex Sipiagin is also featured on several cuts and the two meld, fly off in different directions and then come back together in ways that can thrill the soul and touch the heart.
While Wright and Sipiagin can both certainly blow, the more introspective tunes like "Drift" reveal a gorgeous mature blending of warm sounds. Kikoski sets up a quirky mood and is perhaps "Odd Man Out" as the two front men blend beautifully while the pianist then waxes classically and beautifully to begin a gorgeously melodic Ben Webster-esque rendition of "Here's That Rainy Day." An interesting inclusion is Stone Temple Pilots' "Interstate Love Song," that has its countrified grunge morphed into urban sophistication.
It is easy to point out what's wrong with NYC jazz but Brandon Wright's debut as a leader points out everything about it that is so right.
Track Listing: Free Man; Drift; Odd Man Out; Boiling Point; Here's That Rainy Day; Castaway; Interstate Love Song; You're My Everything.
Personnel: Brandon Wright: tenor sax; Alex Sipiagin: trumpet; David Kikoski: piano; Hans Glawischnig: bass; Matt Wilson: drums.
Record Label: Posi-Tone Records