Byron Stripling: Striplingnow!
The Cats in the Cage. Stripling is joined by university chum Dave Glasser blowing alto and penning three of the discs twelve pieces. Basie alum Frank Wess shows up with his tenor sans flute, providing an effective obbligato accompaniment on “East of the Sun” as well as a honkin’ good solo on “Greasy Livin’.” The rhythm section is rounded out with Bill Charlap on piano, Peter Washington on bass, Dennis Mackrel on drums. As a unit, Stripling’s band plays an updated, turn-or-the-century Modern Jazz. Plenty of Blues, Be Bop, Hard Bop, and Post Bop. The music is very effective and listenable to all ears. Kudos to Randy Sandke and Daniel Nagel-Heyer for a great disc and a great 2000 series.
Track Listing: Greasy Livin
Personnel: Byron Stripling: Trumpet, Vocals; Dave Glasser: Alto saxophone; Frank Wess: Tenor Saxophone; Bill Charlap: Piano; Peter Washington: Bass; Dennis Mackrel: Drums.