Joris Teepe: For Adults Only
Teepe’s originals are varied and well crafted for this band. "Five Bears" is a colorful waltz with a beautiful soprano solo from Braden. Both on tenor, Braden and Potter bring "Second Avenue Story" to a bouncy latin boil with a spirited dual solo, setting up Hazeltine for some brilliant blowing of his own. "Blues for Claudia" is a trio tune featuring Teepe and the two saxophones; Potter solos first, on soprano, with only Teepe backing him, and then Braden takes his turn on tenor. This is the most burning sax playing on the date, and a nice contrast to the quintet format of the other tracks. Then Braden shines, as he should, on the soulful "Brother Braden," and the title cut rounds out the original side of the program with an up-tempo romp.
In his liner notes, Teepe explains that this gig, and these tunes, were specifically developed for a live album at the suggestion of Arkadia’s founder and producer, Bob Karcy. Teepe toiled like mad to pull it off on a very short deadline, and what they say about the best work being done under pressure seems true in this case. The fact that Teepe labored with such a specific goal in mind also lends the album a focus it might not have had otherwise.
Record Label: Postcards