Joe Locke: Beauty Burning
Bollenback’s acoustic guitar is a nice touch on Kimbrough’s "Quiet As It’s Kept," a composition that appeared — quite differently — on the pianist’s album Noumena. Similarly, Watts’s "Pools of Amber," originally recorded in trio with the late Kenny Kirkland on Citizen Tain, appears here as a beautiful quartet piece. Locke and Kimbrough bring back the sparkling textures of Saturn’s Child with a duo reading of "Where Is Love," a ballad from the film Oliver. The most serious magic, however, happens on Locke’s "Somewhere Waiting." Kimbrough reaches great heights during his solo and is cleverly featured playing the catchy riff alone toward the end of the song.
Locke is a fiery and speedy player, tremendously exciting to listen to. But he also knows how to coax lyrical possibilities from every tune, and how to feature his band to full effect.
Track Listing: 1. Litha 2. Twilight 3. Pools of Amber 4. Somewhere Waiting 5. Quiet As It
Personnel: Joe Locke, vibraphone; Frank Kimbrough, piano; Ray Drummond, bass; Jeff "Tain" Watts, drums; Paul Bollenback, guitar (tracks 2, 5, and 8)
Record Label: Sirocco Music Limited