Martin Krusche: Friendship Pagoda
Krusche’s original compositions are primarily based upon cyclic hybrid Latin-mid-tempo swing, bump and grind type measures and intervals, which provides a solid framework for expansive melodies and an abundance of strong soloing. Throughout, the saxophonist and Payton compliment one another via Krusche’s warm tone and Payton’s lustrous, yet at times brawny lines which is evident on spirited pieces such as “Southern Belles” and “Phoenix”. With “I’d Like To Sing”, Payton and Krusche emit joyous proclamations amid lilting themes, striking melodies and an overall purposeful mode of execution. The piece titled “Bad Breakfast” boasts Victor Atkins’ sweeping McCoy Tyner-ish piano introduction followed by Krusche’s silky smooth choruses. Essentially, Friendship Pagoda comes as a welcome surprise! One that is marked by tuneful compositions and impassioned dialogue. Recommended.
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Track Listing: 1) Phoenix 2) Southern Belles 3) Chelsea Bridge (Billy Strayhorn) 4) I
Personnel: Martin Krusche; Tenor Sax: Nicholas Payton; Trumpet: Victor Atkins; Piano: David Pulphus; Bass: Geoff Clapp; Drums