Tim Armacost: The Wishing Well
All the performances are on a very high level on this date, and the selection of tunes are nothing to sneer at either. Just when you thought "Body and Soul" had been played to death, Armacost gives us a version in waltz time, with a substitution in the bridge comprised of modulating two-fives, which greatly extends the harmonic interest of the piece. When listening to this disc you also will get a feeling that Armacost has been deeply moved by the music of John Coltrane(what saxophonist of the last forty years hasn't?), and his stirring rendition of Cresent shows that he is not afraid to let us know just that. The set closes with Armacost's Special Delivery; indeed special, for this up-tempo burner finds everyone inspired and in good spirits. Throughout The Wishing Well, Tim Armacost shows us that he is a voice and a talent to be reckoned with, thus earning the honorable distinction in jazz circles as being "one of the cats." Welcome aboard, Tim!
Track Listing: Body And Soul; Sustenance; Cresent; Black Sand Beach; The Wishing Well; Special Delivery
Personnel: Tim Armacost (tenor sax); Bruce Barth (piano); Ray Drummond (bass); Billy Hard (drums)
Record Label: Double Cross