Joris Teepe: For Adults Only
Teepe - a former student of Ron Carter and Peter Washington, whose resume includes stints with Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker and Renee Rosnes - kicks things off with a lively reading of the Billy Strayhorn classic, "Chelsea Bridge," featuring fine solo turns by Hazeltine and Potter. Teepe's bass takes the lead on a trio version of "You Don't Know What Love Is," before giving way to the supremely elegant Hazeltine. Other standards include a langorous take on Paul Simon's "I Do It For Your Love" and a full-throttle assault on Freddie Hubbard's "Up Jumped Spring."
Teepe's original compositions range from the tender "Five Bears," based on a Dutch folk tune, to the hard-bop attack of the title track. The stellar saxophones of Potter and Braden square off energetically on "Second Avenue Story," an expansive, Coltrane-esque number, and again on "Blues for Claudia, a trio performance propelled by the leader's lyrical bass. There is wonderful improvisatory work from all the band members throughout the 70-minute session, with the interplay between the two saxophonists worthy of special mention. All in all, a memorable evening of jazz from five of the better young musicians around.
Personnel: Joris Teepe, bass; Don Braden and Chris Potter, saxophones; David Hazeltine, piano; Bruce Cox, drums.
Record Label: Postcards